Does anyone else remember the song from childhood that starts out “O be careful little eyes what you see”. The song goes on to address the ears hearing and the feet going. As I opened the Word this morning, I was reminded of the great truths often embedded within the songs we sing as children and then go onto teach our own children.
In my quest for more wisdom to better live life, I find myself back in Proverbs. Check out Solomon’s words-
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let you eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly in front of you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left, keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4: 23-27
So how do I guard my heart? I need to go beyond singing the song ‘O Be Careful’ to actually living the truths daily! I must consider carefully the words I speak to others AND what I listen to. I need to be disciplined in where I allow my eyes to roam. I must consider where I walk. As Elvis sang, wise men say only fool’s rush in. Yes, I know he spoke of love but truth is truth. We must carefully consider, we must ‘be careful’ else we let our guard down and our heart is damaged.
Lord, as I go out to this new day, teach my heart wisdom. May I give thought to what I say, where I look, and where I walk. Help me to guard the wellspring of life in my heart. Amen