Week 23 Thursday

Written on the Heart

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 2-3

Key verse: Proverbs 3:3

     Love and faithfulness; written on the tablet of the heart.  That’s what the book of Proverbs advises.

     It’s good advice.

     There are many ways in life to build a reputation, good or otherwise.  When young, some want to be known for their good looks or for being the best ball player or the life of the party.  A few more years go by, and now some desire a reputation of being a savvy businessperson or for owning the fanciest car or biggest house in town.  Still more years pass, and now, others want to be known for having married the best looking man or woman or for being a “star” – one way or another.  And some, sadly, when life comes to a close – well, all they want is to be known for having been rich or powerful or…who knows what.

     But there are others – wise and prudent – who desire something much deeper and more profound.

     They want to be a person of faith; a person motivated by love and by the call of God.

     Their desire isn’t for fame or power – it’s to ultimately “have a good name in the sight of God and man.”

     They have written things of real value on the tablet of their hearts.

     It’s a matter of choice – not always a simple choice – but choice just the same.  And it’s one choice we all have to make, one way or another.

     There is another word of counsel from Proverbs.  It comes right after the one about writing love and faithfulness on the heart.  They are some of the greatest words of scripture in the entire Bible.

     “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

     That’s how to do it.  That’s how to begin writing love and faithfulness on your heart.  By trusting God with all your heart and by leaning on Him.

     Do that – and your life will unfold – just as it should.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to write your counsel on my heart, that I may live a life of love.  AMEN.

 

 

 

      

 

    

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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