Listen to your heart

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The other day, one of my beautiful little Kindergarten girls stood up at her table while all the other students were busy working away in their books. There was worship music playing in the background and a good amount of conversation happening at the time. She put her hand over her heart and raised her other hand in the air to poignantly proclaim:

“Listen to your heart! You have it in you!”

While the others at the table stopped work momentarily to discuss and argue about the precise location of the heart within the body, she continued on with more determination…

“Listen to me! You need to listen to your heart and try harder and use what you have!”

In witnessing this young girl’s enthusiasm for her cause, I suddenly realised how many grown-ups (myself included) needed to hear what she was saying, just as much as the peers who had a front row seat to her heart-felt and inspirational speech.

What she was saying had so many layers of truth within it. If Jesus’ Holy Spirit resides within our hearts, should we not be listening to that voice within our hearts more often? Do we not need to try harder to do what Christ has called us to do? And should we not be using the resources He has provided for us, for His purpose and His glory?

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If Christ calls us into a place to serve Him, then he promises to provide all that we need. Sometimes we may already have the capabilities and resources inside us, but have never taken that step of faith out onto the waters to see what we can do in His name.

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If this sounds like you, then I encourage you to listen to the voice of God within your heart and try harder to do what He has called you to do, remembering that we do not have to rely on our own strength, but His. Never forget that you have the power of Christ within your reach, if you are believing in Him and following in His ways.

As Psalm 73:26 (NIV) reminds us,

My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

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If you want to apply the words of my dear, little Kinder student to your life, then all you need do is follow these three steps:

1. Listen to God working in your heart

2. Try harder, especially when you do not feel like it. 

3. Use what you have.

God has given each of us different gifts for different purposes. In order to honour God in our lives, we need to use those gifts and never let them go to waste.