Guard my heart? As my beloved co-worker, Kim, would say, “What the hun does that mean?!”
It’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot, used a lot, and yet-not thought about a lot.
What does it mean to guard my heart? When I give that advice to others, and to myself…what am I actually saying?
For some reason, today, when thinking about being “on guard” for my heart’s sake- I immediately got this mental picture of two little french men:
Okay, that’s not exactly what surfaced in my imagination-but it’s pretty close. The french warning “en garde!” is a term in fencing translated “On [your] guard”. It is a call to a fellow fencer to adopt a defensive stance in readiness for an attack or bout. It’s what I shout to my brother just as I am about to hit him with the empty Christmas wrapping tube!
Be prepared for an attack!
Hm. So that’s what I’m telling people do with their heart? Guard it, because it is going to be straight up attacked?
Yes. That is precisely what we should mean. Guard your heart, your valuable heart, because there always is something/someone attacking it.
[Fear//Stupid Satan//The world//Other’s Negativity//Lies//Insecurities//Disbelief.]
Guard your heart, your seat of emotions, constantly-KNOWING that it is going to be attacked! To guard is to be alert, attentive, and ready to fight. And we fight with the sword of truth-read God’s word constantly! Hear God’s truths through pastoral wisdom and encouraging friends!! Believe God’s truth by acknowledging the lies you are tempted to believe and walk yourself to what is Truth.
Don’t be a sucky guard for your heart.
Expect to be attacked.
Know how to fight.
And for goodness sake, fight to protect the heart you were given to guard.