Uncommon Wisdom For Heart Health Part 1

No discussion on holistic health would be complete without addressing the human heart. Yes, we’re created as triune beings: body, soul, and spirit. But, where does the heart fit in? The answer to this question will change everything, and has huge implications for our health.

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If we’re going to make any meaningful changes to our lifestyles with the intention of improving our health and enhancing our effectiveness, we’ve got to get this right. If you believe as I used to believe, that the heart is just mushy emotions and therefore not worth paying much attention to, think again.

[callout]Our hearts are us at the deepest level, without any masks, posing, or false pretenses. In short, your heart is you. My heart is me.[/callout]

For many, false beliefs about their hearts are a serious impediment to their health. Since the heart is so central to our identity, when we believe lies about our hearts, we end up with a distorted self-image. And, through the mind-body connection, we’ve set ourselves up for compromised health.

In order to maximize our chances for vibrant health, we must believe in our own self-worth. The enemy convinces us to minimize or dismiss our hearts. When we do, we de-value ourselves. When this happens, it’s easy to believe the lie that we don’t deserve health. See my post on: “The 3 Most Important Questions To Ask For Health”.

The Heart Defined

Let’s not allow our culture to define the heart through passionate movies, or romance novels. Instead, let’s refer to the ancient wisdom of the bible. Our physical hearts are in the center of our bodies. Likewise, the biblical heart is at the center of our being.

In biblical terms, our hearts are the culmination, or expression of the body, soul, and spirit, all rolled into one. Our hearts are us at the deepest level, without any masks, posing, or false pretenses. In short, your heart is you. My heart is me.

Our hearts are where we find our real lives. This is why the bible instructs us:

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Therefore, what we believe about our hearts is crucial because, what we believe about our hearts, determines what we believe about ourselves, and our beliefs have huge implications for our health. See my post on: “Pay Attention To The Placebo Effect”.

The Heart is Central

Our culture has taught us that our hearts are simply emotion. And, everyone knows, making decisions based purely on emotions can quickly get us in trouble. So, we’re told that as mature adults, it’s wise to ignore, or dismiss our hearts.

This is not true, nor is it practicing good heart health. I believed this lie for many years. Emotions are the language of the heart, but they are not the heart.

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Far from being insignificant, our hearts are central to who we are. Our hearts are where we find our most important human qualities. Don’t just take my word for it. Consider this small sampling of what the bible says about our hearts:

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  • Our deepest thinking: (Proverbs 23:7), (Hebrews 4:12), (Luke 2:19)
  • Our courage: (Deuteronomy 20:3)
  • Our memory: (Deuteronomy 4:9)
  • Our artistic creativity: (Exodus 31:6)
  • Our real character and what God is concerned with: (I Samuel 16:7) (Matthew 15:8)
  • Our wisdom, discernment and decision-making: (I Kings 3:12)
  • Our understanding: (Matthew 13:15), (Ephesians 1:18)
  • Real forgiveness: (Matthew 18:35)
  • Our faith and trust: (Proverbs 3:5)
  • Our Perseverance: (Galatians 6:9)
  • The greatest commandment: (Mark 12:33)
  • Our true worship: (Ephesians 5:19)
  • Our real peace: (John 14:27)
  • The fruit of the Spirit: (Colossians 3:12)
  • Our conviction: (Acts 2:37)
  • Our salvation: (Romans 10:9)
  • God’s dwelling place: (1 Corinthians 3:16)

It’s a slam-dunk argument; with this much riding on our hearts, our heart health is the most important part of us. We need clarity on this because we need to understand our value and self-worth. Understanding who we are determines our self-image. Self-image leads to self-talk. Because of the mind-body connection, our self-talk is crucial to our physical health.

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Which leads us to the next crucial point about our hearts. The diabolical lie that our hearts are bad. In the next post we’ll tackle this subject. To Be Continued…..

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  • Jon Dilley says:

    Great read Dave. I’ve been quoting a movie line from Fireproof that’s, ‘Don’t trust your heart because it can deceive you! You have to lead your heart.’ So, I really liked what you shared here.

    Blessings, – Jon

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