It’s Saturday evening and I am glued to my favorite ‘reality’ television shows, trying to unwind and detach from my thoughts a bit. My 300LB life has popped up and seeing the next individual go on their weight loss journey made me realise that the heart is a pretty strong muscle.

I just kept thinking how something that is equated to the size of a large fist keeps going even under so much enormous weight and not just physical but emotional. You might not be obese but you could be straining you heart with all the emotional baggage you hog onto, straining it every day yet it still shows up for you. It still decides to keep you alive even when you might be feeling dead.

The heart can’t have an off day. It doesn’t get the option to not be there just cause it’s tired or doesn’t feel like participating yet we seem to not want to take care of it. Physically we fail ourselves, spiritually and emotionally we allow things to hoard us and inflict pain in us for years and years, we grow bitter, establish hate, become more ungrateful as the days pass…it’s time to purify your vital organ.

What happens in the inside reflects on the outside, what you spend your time investing in is what you will reap.

Above all else, guard your heart, for EVERYTHING you do flows from it.

-Proverbs 4:23

So are you helping or hurting your heart?

Whether you’re close to having a heart attack (metaphorically) or have a decent heart , let’s take a look at few ways to improve your cardiac health:

I will only be posting this piece after saving it in my drafts for 2 weeks, I procrastinated for the first week then I realised my piece lacked depth it didn’t resonate with me and I ended up listening to a sermon that made this piece heartfelt. I also made notes and sat with it for about a week and in that time I have changed cities and started a new internship but I still needed to get this out even though my thinking has been all over the place as of late.

The sermon is by the lead pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick called the habits of a healthy heart. He started off by saying something important and that is ‘lasting change has to happen in your heart’ he refers to the main scripture for the sermon, Psalm 119:112-114.

I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, to the very end. I hate the double-minded,But I love Your law. You are my hiding place and my shield;I hope in Your word.

He pointed out three ways to have a healthier heart (which I found realistic):

1.KNOW WHAT TO HATE: sometimes you need to find hatred for something before you begin to love it. He made a simple example with weight. You enjoy the taste of all the yummy things you eat but hate how you feel and it’s when you absolutely hate something that you will want to change it. Yes you may hate exercise but you love the feeling in the end. So the end outcome becomes your push factor.

Q: What is that you truly hate about yourself that you want to change?

2.KNOW WHERE TO HIDE: We all know how hard it is creating a long lasting positive habit , you have to remove yourself from situations that want to keep you there so when trouble comes lurking do you know where to hide? Have you set a encouraging support system for you? Have you strengthened your bond in Christ?

Q: Where will you hide and be safe?

3.KNOW HOW TO HOPE: Hope should become a verb to you. You can’t hope to be strong, are equipping yourself for what may come? Instead hope to find strength in Christ when you are weak. Show him ‘ yo I am busting my butt here but I’ma need you to pull through for me where I fall short, in fact I know you will pull through for me.” Your hope should be in the promise and not the path that you will go through.

Q: How is your hope set up?

This has been a mix match of a post but I want to keep it that way to show how life just places you in different positions and pulls out different parts of you. May this feed your soul in some way.

Sermon Link: Habits of a healing heart.

Song of the week: Tori Kelly _Never Alone



One Comment Add yours

  1. Zanele Thusi says:

    Thank you for this piece.. I think looking after your heart, not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally is vital. We don’t realise how much harbouring hatred or ill feelings can also affect your well-being. “Inhliziyo egaya izibozi” & “ho tshwara batho ka pelo” holds us back. Heart surgery, learning to forgive, learning to love yourself, learning to love and appreciate those around you… going through it all and going through the healing process… it is so important. Lets sow love & forgiveness in our hearts….. re be free, re be happy, re be healthy.


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