Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 20-21
Key verse: Proverbs 20:5
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.”
How well do you know others?
Co-workers; classmates; friends on the team; even your own family members – do you really know what’s going on with them, deep inside?
It can be a challenge, to say the least.
One reason is because we all have a tendency to keep our guard up. In some ways it’s just easier to present a “public” face.
Think of how often you have had a conversation that goes something like this:
“How’s it goin’?”
“Great…great…how about you?”
“Oh, can’t complain – doesn’t do any good anyway!”
“Yeah, I know what you mean. Well, take care of yourself!”
“Sure, you too!”
What really happened? A nice, friendly social encounter. But not much more.
Kids do it using another language – but they do it too.
And in the end – no real heartfelt communication happens.
Maybe we should try harder. Not with everyone; not every day. But, with those relationships that matter, we should try harder.
And, by the way, do you know who knows you – and knows the “purposes of your heart” better than anyone? The God whose love is so deep you can hardly imagine it.
So – have a real conversation today – with others and with God.
It will be well worth your time.
Prayer: Lord, help me to open my heart. AMEN.