Are our hearts the core of who we are?
This is why we’re encouraged to guard our hearts in this proverb. Our hearts are the core of who we are. Everything that we do and say, our attitudes and actions, flows from our hearts. If we feed our hearts with rotten things, it will produce rottenness. But if we feed our hearts with good things, it will produce spiritual life. Ask your child to think about the way our food affects our bodies. What happens when we eat too many sweets? What happens to our bodies if we neglect healthy foods? What we feed ourselves changes our bodies. And what we feed our hearts changes our souls. This is why Paul told the Philippians, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NASB).
Finally, don’t allow this lesson to be the last time that you bring up this verse. Scripture encourages us to meditate. This word was the same word used in the Old Testament to refer to the way that a cow would chew his food over a long period of time. This is a great verse to bring up with your children in conversation throughout the week. It is a verse that calls us to examine our motivations. Rather than focusing on your children, let your children see you examining your heart. Reflect with them on how the things that you are consuming are changing you, for better or worse. And as you pray this week, pray that God would help you dwell on the good rather than the bad.
Let Proverbs 4:23 be your meditation this week.