“Heart health” is about keeping perspective about our relationship with God and with others. Jesus wants to fill our hearts, souls and minds to overflowing so that we are overflowing toward our neighbor. Jesus encouraged hearth health in his disciples; his last words in the book of John were not for the disciples to be preoccupied with worship but to focus on loving others.
Jesus asked Simon Peter three times if he loved him. When Simon Peter answered “Yes LORD; you know that I love you,” Jesus asked him to feed his lambs and tend to his sheep. (John 21:15b-17).
And hopefully as we respond to Jesus, “Yes, LORD, you know that I love you,” we can also take up the responsibility to feed and tend the sheep, healthily interacting with the world God created. Heart health means loving our neighbor.
This message was adapted from, “Faith Reflections: Heart health by Janelle Rozek Hooper from the February 2006 issue of Café.