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.

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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