Start With the Heart

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A banner on one of the health clubs in town reads Women Join Free So Can Men.
The health and beauty industry is a lucrative business.
We spend millions of dollars on health club memberships, manicures, cologne, sports cars and of course, the ultimate work out attire.
The advertising world tells us if we do this, we will feel better, look better, and possibly attract the ideal mate.
How many diets have you tried? The result was you probably lost weight and like so many of us put it back on.
You feel good but the old you returns.
Maybe you buy a new car and after a few months, the newness disappears.
Are we looking outside ourselves to feel good inside? Exercise and eating properly is important.
In addition, we want to dress appropriately to reflect God's glory.
We want to be ready and available to serve the Lord.
Eating properly and exercising regularly keeps our bodies fit, living God's word keeps us spiritually fit.
We all worry; have fears and insecurities.
We know these practices harm us physically, mentally, and spiritually.
What we have in our hearts overflows to the rest of our body.
Our heart reveals what we are thinking, feeling, and acting.
Some of us wear our feelings like a garment.
What does your physiology look like? Are your shoulders drooping? Are your words sharp and bitter? Are you proud of your actions? So what do we do to enjoy true health and beauty? Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
" This is how God looks at us.
He looks at our hearts and our motives.
The writer in Psalm 139:23 says "Search me; O God, and know my heart.
" Are you looking at the sin in your heart? Sin can be more damaging to your health and beauty than you think.
God created us in his image and likeness.
God does not have a body so we do not look like him.
What we do have is the ability to develop the characteristics of God.
We have the capabilities to develop virtues such as love, tolerance, kindness, forgiveness, and faithfulness.
In Philippians 4:8 Paul provides some suggestions on where we should focus our thoughts.
He tells us to fill our hearts with what is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
When we replace worrying, fear and insecurity with love, kindness, and forgiveness, that natural beauty and health will radiate through our hearts and out to the world.
Exercise regularly, eat properly, read and live God's word, and dress yourself with the Lord's Spirit.
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