“For if he can disable or deaden your heart, then he has effectively foiled the plan of God, which was to create a world where love reigns. By taking out your heart, the Enemy takes out you, and you are essential to the Story.” ~ John Eldredge; Waking the Dead
I am curious about the heart. Not the physical one we all have beating inside of us, but the metaphorical heart we talk about. One Friday night, during the time I was the Youth Minister at the Stronghurst Christian Church)while watching the Southern Rebels get killed in football I overheard a conversation next to me: “He is the smallest guy on the field, but he plays with heart.” What do we mean when say things like this? What exactly is our heart?
A phrase I use a lot with in student ministry is: a burning heart moment. I coined this phrase from the account of Jesus appearing to the two disciples traveling to Emmaus. In response to recognizing Jesus it it recorded in Luke 24:32; They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (NIV). Burning heart moments are those moments when we know God has spoken to us. But what does it mean for our hearts to burn? Is it the same as heartburn?
There are two books that have gotten my interest in the heart moving: What the Bible Says About the Heart and Waking the Dead. The heart is an issue that I would like to study and write about. It is a concept that we use a lot, but perhaps we fail to grasp the significance of it.
I am asking for your help on this journey I would like to take. I would like to hear from you on your definition of what the heart is or the answer to this question: What does it mean to have a “heart to heart” talk? I would also appreciate the names of any books dealing with the heart or stories that you think illustrate what the heart is all about. Leave a comment or e-mail me because I would love to read your thoughts.