“How’s your heart?”
That’s a question I’ve been asked many times and in many forms by a mentor in my life – whether it be via text message, phone call, an out of breath question during a run or over a cup of coffee. The question has been asked after hard conversations, first dates, bad days, races that ended well and ones that left me wondering why I run in the first place.
It’s a simple question, but with her I’ve learned it’s an invitation to be real. To be honest about what I’m facing because it’s her sincere desire to provide Godly counsel, offer a hug or hold me accountable.
However, the question is rooted deeper than the three words it’s composed of.
Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Hebrews 2:1-2 - Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Where she’s going at the core of her question is a gut check. Are you guarding your heart? Remember, it is deceitful. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Remember who He says you are, not who you sometimes choose to believe.
Personally, I don’t know what I would do without people like her in my life. I hope you have one, and I hope to be one. A person who’s willing to ask the tough questions and give advice through the lens of the truth of God’s Word. Always.
I want to be someone who imparts truth reminders. I want to lead others to His feet and be a voice that focuses eyes on who He is – the Perfector of our faith.
My prayer for 2017 in the area of mentorship is twofold – that my heart and ears would stay open to good, wise counsel and that I would be just as quick to give that counsel as receive it.