How many times have we blurted something out that we either immediately or later on regret? In a world of selfies and entitlements, it can be difficult to see beyond the reflection of our own face. I am not generalizing and I am including myself in this discussion.
What can I do to be a better husband, father or son? How can I re-route my knee-jerk reactions to somebody else’s bad day outburst? When other people are at their worst it doesn’t usually bring out the best in us. Some of my pet peeves are, having someone cut me off in traffic only get in front of me just to slow down. Or, I am heading to a checker at the grocery store with one item in my hand, only to have a person run to beat me with a cart full of groceries and a HUGE coupon folder clinched in their teeth. Sheesh, anybody feel me?
Negative responses to negative situations is common but it doesn’t have to be our default. The title of this piece reflects the origin of our speech and more importantly the intent behind it, that is the intent of the heart. The heart is the only part of man and woman that transcends the tri-part person, spirit, soul and body. Since the heart functions in all three it is by very nature multi-dimensional. (Kind of ironic that the folks over at CERN are trying so hard to accomplish the very thing that the human heart does daily.) Anyway I digress. So going in and out of dimensions a gagillion times a day has got to take its toll.
What I am trying to say is that the heart gets dirty picking up inter-dimensional garbage in it’s daily functions. The heart is subject to disease if we don’t eat right or pollute it with chemicals. It is just as subject to spiritual influences, or an onslaught of bad thoughts, fueled by negative actions and emotions. All of this takes it’s toll on the heart. And before you know it we say some pretty rotten things and the worst time possible.
So how do we deal with the effects of this multi-dimensional organ of ours? First we have to identify and acknowledge that it is a uniquely gifted part of us that is sensitive and subject to multi-dimensional influences.
Sometimes we say some crazy stuff and then wonder, “Where did that come from?” For example, you get into a bad argument with your spouse, family member, or good friend. You say some pretty hurtful things, and insults are exchanged. Maybe even some property is broken or destroyed. You are both hurt and upset: you’re really mad, but deep down inside, you both really value the relationship, the friendship, and you know it’s worth salvaging.
We’ve all done some pretty awful things in the past; we’ve denied and rejected God’s love for us. Maybe even cursed Him and said He didn’t exist. Seeing that He created us, we can conclude that that could probably hurt some. It’s as if our own child got upset with you and said, “I wish you weren’t my mommy or daddy.” Or maybe you said this yourself during a bad argument. Or maybe your loved one screamed at the top of his or her lungs, “I don’t love you anymore!” You know that hurts. You want the pain to go away. You want things restored like they were. You want your relationship back in tact. It’s the same with God. He desires to restore us back into right relationship.
That is why He has given us His Word so that we can see things coming and avoid them or deal with them properly. The Bible addresses the issues that both plague and bless the human heart. This article is only trying to raise awareness of how closely the heart is related to at least three dimensions and the residue that is inevitably left on it.
Jeremiah 17:9King James Version (KJV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Luke 6:45New King James Version (NKJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[a] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
These two verses reveal a condition that demands a constant attention and effort to redirect the heart, to reflect the character of our Creator. I invite you all today to meditate on these words and encourage you to seek a better way to communicate during tough situations. God bless.