Where is your Treasure?
In their very good book, The Love Dare, Stephen and Alex Kendrick say, “You need to understand that your heart follows your investment.” In other words, your heart will follow whatever you pour your time, talent and treasure into. If you pour much of your time into Facebook and Twitter, your thoughts and emotions will be there. If your talent and energy are focused completely on your job, a big part of you will reside there as well. If your treasure is used to accumulate car, boats, and other stuff, that’s where your desires and affections will be. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Jesus says.
Lead your Heart
The Kendricks say lead your heart in four ways.
1. Check your heart. A key to leading your heart is to constantly be aware of where it is. Where is your heart? Start by looking at your calendar and checkbook. Where are you investing your time? Where are you investing your money?
2. Guard your heart. When something unhealthy tempts your heart, it is your responsibility to guard it against temptation. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Build walls around yourself to fortify you against sexual temptation, pornography and gambling.
3. Set your heart. Set your thoughts and affections on what’s most important in life. Your relationship with God. Don’t “feel” like it? We’re not talking about feelings here. We’re not talking about following those feelings. We need to choose to lead them instead.
4. Invest your heart. Don’t wait until you feel like doing the right thing in your marriage. Do it today. Start investing your time and energy into your marriage.