The weekend message at Chase Oaks last week was Prepare to Resolve.  Jack Warren, our Executive Pastor, brought a great message and a great reminder to each of us that God is more interested in our hearts than anything else we can bring him.  In fact, if He doesn’t have our hearts, then anything we do is meaningless from an eternal perspective.

Jack’s message got me to thinking about this not only from a personal point of view but also as a Dad.  If my kids develop a heart for God anything and everything they do will be successful.  Maybe not from a worldly perspective but certainly from an eternal one.  How can I help my kids develop a heart for God?  What mixed messages may I be sending them that doesn’t line up with what God wants from them?

This has been a great reminder for me to focus on my kid’s hearts rather than on their behavior.  I once heard a pastor describe it this way; imagine your child’s life as a room and in that room is a pipe coming out of the wall.  Out of the pipe is flowing a foul, nasty sludge.  You are frantically on your knees trying to clean up the crud faster than it is coming out of the pipe.  Focusing on your kid’s  behavior is kind of like trying to clean up the crud.  You may be able to keep up with the mess and control it but eventually You are going to get tired or have to leave.

Focusing on their heart would be like going outside the room and finding the source of the crud and dealing with it there.  If the source is changed to clean, fresh water then the mess in the room gets flushed out and cleaned.  Our heart is the source of our lives. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart,  for everything you do flows from it.”