Monday, July 10, 2006

Head, heart and gut

As I was praying this morning I realized that most often, I like to live inside my head. It's safe in there. I have a great sense of control and expertise in thinking about things. Even though that which is inside my brain does not automatically come to pass, because I am not God, I do have a sense of being in charge.

As passionate and emotional as I can be, I do not like to trust in my emotions. I do not live in my heart, largely because it hurts. I have experienced great sorrow and disappointment and fear and do not wish to live in those shadows. So I trust my emotions only when I feel they are under the control of my brain or--ideally--the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Finally, I do trust my gut. When I have a sense of right or wrong deep within me, in that area which physically is my gut, woe to me if I do not listen to it. My gut is always right. My heart can be led astray and my mind can be deceived, but my gut is always right.

Ultimately, all three should be controlled by God so that I can discern what is right, so that I can love, so that I do the right things.

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9

Help me, Lord, to rejoice in You with my mind, my heart, and my gut--to think about You, to trust in You and to experience Your peace. I want to live like You, Lord, completely and holistically. Have mercy on me.

Micah Girl


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