Recently I was listening to a radio show where the guest was asked what Bible verses he felt new Christians should memorize. I thought I knew right off what he would advise. So, I was surprised when, without hesitation, he said that the most important verse for a new believer was Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) – “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Another version puts it this way: “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.”
In either case, the idea is to diligently protect your heart. I felt God was speaking to me through that verse. I pondered the thought that all of our responses to life flow from our heart.
When I was caring for my mother with Alzheimer’s, I had to guard my heart from becoming overwhelmed, from fear of the unknown, from anxiety, and any other unhelpful response that might come along. Each time I felt attacked by a negative, I had to release it to the Lord and choose peace. The peace of God, I found, was the secret to guarding my heart. Phil. 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”