Jumat, 31 Agustus 2018

No Filter Required

No Filter Required

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Hipster. Antique. Vibrant. Faded.

Not the latest style or a band name. Those are photo filters in one of my apps. And I rarely post a picture without one.

Editing shadows, softening blemishes or unsightly details has become the new "reality" in an Instagram- and Facebook-riddled culture. I don't particularly enjoy showing my flaws to the world. Who does?! No real harm, right?

With something as trivial as social media, sure. But I wonder if the edits to appear "picture-perfect" might be causing me to miss the bigger picture.

It's not easy to admit, but it's nonetheless true: I usually put better filters on my selfies than I do on my heart.

Fixing the not-so-lovely details is easy to do with an app, but it's a little harder in this broken world. Deep down, I know I should be more focused on what I'm taking in — who I'm becoming. When I quiet the noise of social media and get alone with the Lord, I'm reminded that my heart, not my appearance or what I project to the world, is what matters most. Sometimes my actions just don't line up with my intentions though. Have you been there, too?

The wise author of Proverbs understood the importance of guarding the heart — the soul — the most precious part of who God created us to be. He reveals such a powerful truth when he implores, "Above all else, guard your heart …" (Proverbs 4:23a).

The eternal piece of us … what Christ came to redeem and inhabit.

Why? Because "everything you do flows from it" (Proverbs 4:23b).



Actions. Thoughts. Feelings. Emotions. Passions. Drive. Hopes. 

Every. Single. Little. Thing. 

In biblical wisdom, the heart is viewed as the core of human existence — the center of our spirituality and true essence of who we are. The heart is also compared to a well from which all we think, feel and do flows. This makes it abundantly clear: What we allow into our hearts matters. A lot.

If we aren't careful to guard what goes into that sacred space, we're in danger of being polluted by muck that has the potential to steer our hearts away from the very One who fashioned us. All that is true, honest, lovely, pure, holy, godly: Those are the things we should allow to shape the most intimate part of our being. Everything else should be edited, cropped or filtered out. 

But how do we safeguard our hearts? Philippians 4:6-7 gives us three powerful tools in the Apostle Paul's instructions: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (ESV).

Prayer, supplication (requests) and thanksgiving is the 1-2-3 punch God has given us to effectively protect our hearts. When we talk to God, wisdom for decisions is available in abundance. By letting prayer, petitions and thanksgiving lead, our hearts are then rooted in a place of peace, safety and connection with Truth.

Victor Christianto
Founder of The Second Coming Institute, www.sci4God.com
Founder of www.DigiMBA.com, Preparing Leaders for 21st Century
Founder of www.acaraindo.com, Promoting cultural and music events in Jakarta and other cities
Founder of www.ketindo.com, A renewable energy consultant 
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Articles dictated by Jesus Christ. Book Two. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYR3F9C
Articles dictated by Jesus Christ. Book One. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYR6TJU
by Jesus Christ: How social darwinism ruin America and the World. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZDJJQI
by Jesus Christ: Evangelism for Difficult People. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZDJCLA
by Jesus Christ: How you can do Evangelism with Social Media. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZDXZLI
by Jesus Christ: The Nicene Creed. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZDYMJ2
by Jesus Christ: Logos, Memra, and other letter for Economists. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZDY7JW
by Jesus Christ: our Father in Heaven prayer. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AZKZUNM
Some problems of Nuclear Energy development in Asia: A literature survey. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B4LW5ZW

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