It was a few weeks ago that I was reading through the Proverbs when this verse hit me like a lightning bolt. Later on that same morning as I was having coffee with my pastor friends we began to discuss what it means to have a tranquil heart. Learning to be content in the midst of a challenging, crazy, and complex life has been a life theme for me for a while now.
Life doesn’t always seem to turn out as easy and successful as I thought it would be. Sometimes I even fall into the comparison trap or the “Facebook” syndrome. Here are my thoughts on what it looks like to have tranquil heart in the midst of a messy life and a messy world…
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh but envy makes the bones rot.”Proverbs 14:30
1. A TRANQUIL HEART IS A SATISFIED HEART!
Envy is the enemy of tranquility! Our hearts are agitated when we someone else living the life that we wish we had. “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Can we all stop spying on our neighbor’s yards. It’s creepy! And it’s going to make us sick. Can you say “my yard is better than I deserve in the first place?” So why don’t I just lie down in my own grass and take a nap?AM I A SATISFIED HEART?
2. A TRANQUIL HEART IS A WISE HEART!
Envy is based on deception. We don’t really know what it’s like to be the people who’s lives we envy! We don’t know THE REST OFTHE STORY or THE END OF THE STORY. Besides “The grass dies on both sides of the fence!” And if you think that the grass is greener over there it just means that their water bill is higher and they have to mow twice as often. AM I A WISE HEART?
3. A TRANQUIL HEART IS A HEART OF GRATITUDE!
My life is the one that God has for me. My wife is the one God has for me. My income is the one God has for me. My calling is the one God has for me. And it’s more than I deserve!
This doesn’t mean that I should role over and play dead in life; as if I’m the victim of my circumstances. As followers of Jesus we should embrace learning, ingenuity, risk taking, resourcefulness, and prosperity in faith. Success and advancement allows us to influence others and gives us something to be able to share with others as well. But if envy is the driving force behind my ambition MYBONES ARE GOING TO ROT! Doesn’t sound too good to me. AM I A GRATEFUL HEART?
4. A TRANQUIL HEART IS A CHOICE WE MAKE!
The Shepherd King of Israel said, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup” and “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.” He made a decision to embrace Yahweh God as his master and that put his heart of anxiety and envy to rest. His deepest desires and longings were satisfied. IS GOD THE CHOSEN “ENOUGH” FOR MY HEART?
5. A TRANQUIL HEART IS A HAPPY HEART!
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh butenvy makes the bones rot.” I choose satisfaction. I choose wisdom. I choose gratitude. ICHOOSE HAPPINESS! I CHOOSE JESUS!
It was a few weeks ago that I was reading through the Proverbs when this verse hit me like a lightning bolt. Later on that same morning as I was ha...
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