Reset Your Heart

Reset your heart

"My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end."

- Psalms 119:112


I used to think that love was just how you feel about someone, but now I know it's so much deeper than that.

I thought I was in love eight years ago. I was smitten, to say the least. I had just moved to New York City on a mission to change the world through fashion, and here came this tall, charming man who completely disrupted my world.

It started as an innocent crush. We worked for the same company, and he quickly became one of my best friends.

We would talk on the phone every evening, text throughout the day when we weren't working together, and occasionally hang out if our schedules allowed it.

Oh, and the voicemails! He used to leave me the funniest, but sweetest voicemails. I would listen to them over and over.

Just hearing his voice made me smile from ear to ear. I couldn't get enough of him.

Things were great for a while, but then the strong feelings entered. He made it clear to me from the beginning that he didn't want a relationship, but I didn't listen.

I thought I could somehow be the one to “tame the beast,” and change his mind. Foolish me.

He started to distance himself from me. I like to think it was to protect his heart and mine, but it was likely for his own selfish reasons. The more he pushed away, the more I pushed toward him.

I was very persistent, and eventually, he gave in. This story doesn't end well, though. It never does when you try to force love.

I wound up giving my heart to someone who didn't ask for it. And for almost two years, I let him emotionally abuse me.

Those were some of the darkest years of my life, but by the grace of God (and with a lot of time), I moved past that dark period. I just needed to press the reset button on my heart.

I thought that I needed the love of a man to fill the voids in my life, but what I needed was to break the cycles of my insecurities.

What I needed was to find the root of my emptiness and burn it. I needed to stop settling for people and things that weren't serving me and my relationship with God.

If you want to experience true love, stop looking to people, careers, and money to complete you. If you aren't content where you are, adding "things" to your life will only amplify your discontentment—nothing will ever be good enough.

You'll never have enough money. You'll always find something wrong with your relationship. And you'll never be completely satisfied with your job.

In the Bible, a rich man asked Jesus what good does he need to do to achieve eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments.

The man responded and told him that he's done all of that. So Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Matthew 19:21)

The rich man sadly walked away because he had a lot of “things.” He wasn't willing to give up the things closest to his heart.

I've been there before.

Career goals, financial goals, and personal goals are important, but never more important than God. Only He can completely satisfy you.

I'm the first one to admit that I can be very impatient at times and I tend to mess things up…like all the time. I'm constantly battling my need to control every situation in my life. And sometimes my flesh wins.

But God is merciful and always has His arm-wide-open waiting to embrace us when we fall. He's always ready to pour out His love on us as a good, good father does.

There's no condemnation in Christ, only unconditional love that transforms every ounce of our being.

When you find yourself seeking things more than God, reset your heart with His Word. When you begin to doubt yourself, reset your heart with His Word. When you need direction and wisdom, reset your heart with His Word.

In everything you do, reset your heart with the Word of God.

"My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end."

- Psalms 119:112

True love begins at the end of yourself.

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Do great things with God.

- Mags

* This message was originally posted on July 10, 2018, and updated on May 12, 2020.

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