Guard what Matters Most
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
1. “Above all else, Guard your heart.” We often talk about the heart in language today that is symbolic: e.g., “I love you with all my heart.” The heart in that sense comes close to meaning “the core of our emotions.” In the ancient world of Scripture, however, the heart was the center of the whole person — so God tells us, above all else guard the center of who you are.
2. “Above all else, guard your heart.” To guard the center of who you are probably means keep a close eye on what you value; be careful about what you treasure most. Safeguard what you put your deepest affections on; make sure you use great care to choose what you think about most of the time. So above all else guard those things.
3. “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” Do this because precisely because the heart is the wellspring of your life. In other words, what you set your emotions on, what you fix your mind upon influences what you do and where you go, moment by moment. In that sense, your heart determine the course of your life.
4. “Above all else, guard your heart.” Since the heart is the central to the core and sum of your personality — protect it supremely.
When you get this right — you get right what matters most.
Now that’s something to Celebrate!