Free Your Mind

By Marie Hayden

Free Your Mind

If you were alive and at any skating rink in the late 80s or early 90s, you have already finished the second half of the title’s phrase…..” and the rest will follow.”

I’ve spent a lot of time this week evaluating some particular mindsets/habits in my life that I am believing for the Lord to change. And while I know there is a definite “battlefield of the mind,” as stated in scripture, I am drawn again to a Proverb I’ve written about many times before. Once again, it pierces my spirit, and its truth refreshes me.

Proverbs 4:23, Keep (guard) your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

So many times, I think it’s up to me to “change” my mindset about a particular issue. There is power in positive thinking, but it goes much more profound to me. The Lord is after our hearts. Because it is from the heart that life springs forth! When I speak words of life, I am speaking from my heart. Yielding to the work of Christ in my life is a matter of the heart. The Lord honors that which comes from my heart. Brokenness, Gladness, Honesty. And He speaks life to the issues of my heart.

I watched “Secretariat” a few weekends ago, and one line repeatedly replays in my mind. “Nobody ever truly lived that didn’t live from their heart.” It’s true. I can change my mind and redirect my thoughts all day. But if the change hasn’t occurred in my heart, am I just spinning my wheels and correcting outward behavior? Trying to earn what has already been paid for? 1 Samuel 16:7b… “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I desire to have a transformed heart. To be changed from the inside out.  

So, in all reality. There is no “work” to do other than give my heart to The faithful One. The One who steals my heart away is the center of my thoughts. He does all things well. He sees me. We can trust him. He has every solution and every idea. He is creative. He IS LIFE. All that is left for me to do is believe. And I do. It’s that simple.  

Give your heart to God, and He will transform your mind. 

December 12, 2022