“A god man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

                                                                        Luke 6:45

One of the things I miss being able to do, due to needing surgery on my shoulder is golfing. I used to golf a lot. When I was in seminary, I had a discount membership to a golf association that allowed me to pay a monthly fee and I was able to play unlimited golf at four different courses anytime I wanted to, Monday through Thursday. I would play nine holes in the morning on my way to seminary, then I would play nine holes at a different course in the late afternoon on my way back from seminary, and I would repeat this two to three times a week. I mention all of this to say that I played a lot of golf and got to a place where when I hit the ball I knew relatively certain where the ball was going to land within a few feet. I used to read about golf, listen to golf tips on the radio, and watch golf lessons on the internet.

One of the biggest lessons I learned was when I was listening to a golf pro talk about the hardest shot anyone makes in golf. This golf pro said that the hardest shot is really only six inches. I automatically assumed it was a put, but then the golf pro surprised me when he said, “the hardest shot in golf is the six inches from your mind to your heart!” That really surprised me because up to that point I saw golf as a mix of mechanics, patience, athleticism, and strategy. When that golf pro said the distance between the mind and the heart he added a new element to the mix. That element was a mix of passion, confidence, and heart. The way I see it is, the mind has all kinds of theories and great ideas, but as long as they are in the mind, there is no action. But when the theories and ideas move from the mind to the heart then passion, confidence, and action take place to pursue and accomplish what we focused ourselves to do.

In the same way, many of us have lots of head knowledge about what we believe about God, how we should live as Christians, what types of virtues and character traits should be amplified in our lives. However, we also struggle with those things because they are sitting in the realm of our minds as theories and great ideas but have not traveled the six inches from our minds to our hearts. There is no real lasting and concrete action towards what we know and believe to be true because there is still some uncertainty in what we are thinking in our minds.

Often times it is good to take stalk of our relationship with God by looking at tangible things that we can use a barometer for how we are doing. What we speak about is a good barometer to use to look at what is in our hearts.

Luke 6:45 tells us that our mouths will speak what is in our hearts. So I ask you today, “What is in your heart? What is your mouth speaking about? Are your words about God and his kingdom or are they about the cares, worries, and issues of this earthly kingdom?”

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