Inside Out

“Move over, stupid! You’re in the speed lane!”  My less-than-stellar epithet fills my car’s interior.  “The light is green, dummy!” I add at the next intersection.  While standing in line at the grocery store, I seethe beneath my breath, “This is the 10 items or less line, you twit! Can’t you count?”  My words are silent, or almost so, from fear of embarrassment or worse yet, confrontation; but definately not from any lingering nobility on my part.  My phony smile may not offend an errant brother or a hapless sister, but that sudden, most pleasurable spurt of negative thought does affect me.  In time that acidic adrenalin eats away at my peace, my joy, and the delight that can be mine as God’s darling daughter.

Luke 6:45 Message paraphrase says, “You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree.  The health of the apple tells the health of the tree… It’s who you are, not what you say and do that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.”  Or as King James says, “From out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

It’s a heart condition, stupid.  It all begins on the inside.  I can’t expect spurts of anger to produce abundant joy.  I can’t lament my financial condition and expect prosperity.  I can’t fret over the future and expect a life of peace.    That pleasurably negative release of adrenalin must be banished from within before God can fulfill His promises in my life.

“Lord, am I asking for the impossible, here? How can I learn to zip it, not just before I say it but before I think it as well?  Change my heart.  Change me from the inside out.  Please help me to make room for Your mind to live in my heart.  Teach me how to maintain an attitude of praise on my lips and a song of gratitude in my bearing–24/7.”



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