The biggest thing I learned in 2019 is the importance of living “wholehearted”. I’m not only talking about wholehearted as it’s defined – “completely and sincerely devoted, determined, or enthusiastic.” Actually, that part comes naturally for me. But what dawned on me halfway through 2019 and began to shine on my heart is the realization that that’s not enough – the realization that if I’m going to reach my goals and live in my full capacity, then I have to also keep my heart WHOLE. So, that kind of “whole-hearted” is what I mean.
Keeping your heart healthy takes work. It’s perhaps the hardest work of all. When the process takes longer, when it requires change, when you experience personal cost and loss for the dream – it’s there, in that place – if you can keep your heart whole, that you will stay on the track of your purpose. Because life comes from the heart. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Scripture shows that Caleb got to experience his destiny because he lived wholeheartedly. Joshua 14 verses 9&10 “The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord God wholeheartedly.” ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not only did Caleb follow God all the way, but scripture also indicates that he kept his heart healthy. verse 11 “So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.” ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Living wholehearted isn’t just not giving up, it’s keeping my heart soft and pure. I can’t follow God without following Him into forgiveness. I can’t move forward without trusting when He leads me THROUGH (not around) difficulty and disappointment. I can’t love others well without keeping my heart steadily engaged with God, the source of love. I can’t close up or switch off. I can’t just go through the motions. It doesn’t work.
⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m learning that the health of my heart has a direct connection to how much of my purpose I will walk into. I’m committed to living wholehearted AND WHOLE-hearted.