Do Not Under Any Circumstance Listen to Your Heart

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“What does your heart say?”

“Do what your heart tells you.”


This is one of the dumbest things we can tell ourselves and others.

Absolutely not, under no circumstances, go with your heart.

Our hearts cannot be trusted. Our hearts are fickle. It is unreliable. It is amoral. It has no boundaries. It has no loyalties.

I struggle with my heart all the time. I know what to do. I know what God’s word says. But my freaking heart doesn’t like what God says. So everything in me, all of me, every fiber of my being wants to do this thing. And, yet, God’s word tells me do this other thing. And my heart fights with all its might against God’s truth and God’s will.

My heart is my enemy. It betrays me.

I want to do what God wants me to do, but there are so many times my heart, flat out, betrays me because it seeks to do that opposite of what God wants.

So what are we to do?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

  1. Trust in the Lord. Do not trust your heart. It is a traitor. It will betray you and who God created you to be. Trust in the Lord. He has your best interest. God knows best what is best for you. Trust in the Lord.
  2. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Your heart is to submit and obey God. It is only useful when it submits to God’s truth.

This is much easier said than done. I struggle with my heart multiple times a day. Multiple times a day, my heart betrays me. I have to continually realign my heart, flesh, and mind to God.

Under no circumstances, absolutely not, never ever trust your heart.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.


Composting and God

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I am the farthest thing from a gardener. When God was passing out the talent for gardening I must have been in another line.

Even though I am not the gardening type, I am fascinated by the idea of composting.

Instead of throwing away vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, grass clippings, leaves, etc., put it all together with dirt, and, Presto! Compost! When all this garbage is mixed with dirt, it is turned into a beautiful, raunchy, smelly dark stew that becomes the food for plants and soil to give it life.

Again, just to be sure, I’ve never done this. I’ve only seen it done and read about it. I wouldn’t want you to think I’ve turned into “Farmer Brown” or anything like that.

I’m fascinated by how you can take garbage and dirt and transform it to this life-giving, life-generating, health-promoting, nutrient-rich soil that plants and shrubs go nuts over.

Garbage – Compost – Life Giving Compound

That’s the church!

You see, the church is made up of people with all kinds of garbage and dirt. What the world calls garbage, junk, dirt, God calls it the ingredients for transformation. In the midst of the pile of death and junk, somehow the Holy Spirit of God gets involved and death comes alive – breeding, simmering, cooking up a ripe soil of new life.

All this is possible because that’s the work of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So here’s the thing. The church may stink sometimes. But that’s good. That means we’ve got exactly the right junk to start the process of Christ transforming death to life. Christ is the Master of turning death to life.

Churches stink. And that’s a good thing. That’s by design.