Week 35 Thursday

Deep Waters

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.

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