BLOG: Keep my heart alive
By MELISSA STEINOUR
Yesterday I enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Olive Garden. I especially love their salad dressing. However, little did I know until about an hour later that the salad dressing contained cheese. I am allergic to dairy products, or to be more specific, the casein content of the dairy products. It affects my joints causing pain in nearly all the bones of my arms and legs. Very painful!!
I share this with you because several years ago I was very sick and we had no idea what was causing all of my problems. Long story short, we believed that a dairy allergy was the beginning of the downfall.
As I sit here, I am certain that my body has called in antibodies to try to counteract and “clean out” the offending food. If I were to continue to eat dairy, the antibodies would constantly be working overtime, and eventually more parts of my digestive tract would become inflamed and affected and in turn more symptoms would arise. I know this from experience.
This whole scenario reminds me of life. As Christians we live in the world but we are not of the world, meaning we are living here but we are not to join in with the world’s ways. When we allow the world’s ways to influence us it’s like the casein is to my body. Our relationship with God isn’t going to be as healthy as it should, our witness not as strong, and there is going to be a battle going on inside of us. If we continue to mingle in the world’s ways, like continuing to eat the casein, the battle will grow stronger and we will walk outside of God’s will for our lives. The Bible instructs us to constantly “fix our thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8.
The Bible tells us: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think, then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
It is a daily battle to stay strong in Jesus in the world in which we live today. We need Jesus to keep our heart alive in Him. This is done through prayer, Bible study, meditation on scripture throughout the day, worship, Godly friends, and never ever compromising your faith or the Word of God.
Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
I close with a beautiful song by Sanctus Real – “Keep My Heart Alive”
Melissa was raised her entire life in Shippensburg. She is a stay-at-home wife, and mother of two teenage sons, ages 13 and 15. She has been writing Christian short stories for several years and loves sharing whatever God lays on her heart.