Heart health keeps faith and life in perspective. A passion for God can become unhealthy if there is no fruit by which the world can tell that we are engaged in the real lives of people and their needs. Because our hearts are devious, heart health in our Christian faith must be checked by community health. If we are growing in faith, then the fruits of it will spill over into our communities, churches, homes, and friendships.
“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.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Matters of the heart” written by Janelle Hooper that first appeared in the February 2006 issue of Café magazine.