Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
You know those moments when someone asks you a question, you react, and then you try to cover up your reaction? Let me give you an example. Yesterday a student asked me a question about a change to my schedule. I don’t like the change, but I didn’t really want to kids to know that. My reaction, however, made it all too clear. I quickly tried to cover for myself by explaining that I will try to reserve judgement until I see the effects of the change. I didn’t do such a great job hiding my true feelings.
This verse from Proverbs came to mind. I realized that I have to really guard my heart from negativity. There are moments when I wear my heart on my sleeve. I cannot hide my true feelings about a situation. I need for my true feelings to always be full of love toward others, peace regardless of the circumstances, and hopefulness for the future. I don’t want to walk around as an example of negativity for my students or my personal children.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that I need to spend more time filling my heart with prayer, Bible study, friendly conversations, and positive self-talk. If not, my actions and reactions may be full of gossip, hurtful words, and uncertainty about the future. I know that I can trust my future to God, so my reactions need to be filled with a peacefulness to demonstrate that.
Anyone else have a bad reaction story to share?