It’s summertime in Columbia, SC and that means the possibility of a pop-up thunderstorm during the afternoon. Some of the thunderstorms become severe with a risk of flash flooding. In a short amount of time the calmest of creeks can become dangerous as the fast-moving water rises quickly causing damage to the landscape surrounding it. As streams, ponds, creeks and lakes overflow there is potential for devastation all around.

In Luke 6:45 (CSB), Jesus is speaking and says: “A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart”. Reading this verse, I can’t help but think about what I’m storing in my own heart and what is overflowing from it? If I am truthful, more often than not, I don’t like that which flows out of my mouth and actions. This leads me to ask myself what am I filling myself with? It’s much easier to sit down and watch a baseball game than to pick up my Bible and read for some time. Not to mention I stay up late watching baseball causing me not to get moving in the morning. I end up rushing around getting ready for the day while my Bible, journal and devotional lay untouched. I also need to reflect on who am I surrounding myself with? Am surrounding myself with those who lift me up, encourage me and challenge me in my walk with God or am I spending more time with people who don’t have the same mind and heart set? Am I influencing more people who I am around or are they influencing me?

Just like a flash flood, if I am not careful with what I fill myself up with, I will cause devastation to those around me. When I have not spent enough time reading my Bible and journaling I become unsettled and filled with anxiety. Those around me must deal with me being on edge, and that my friends, is no way to treat your people. When I don’t take time out of my day every day to thank God for who He is and for what He has done, I start thinking on how I have accomplished things in my own strength causing me to become boastful, prideful and treat others like they owe me something. Yet, when I fill myself with godly things such as prayer, worship, God’s Word and strong community I overflow with those things. I am reminded of who God is, I love people better, am more aware of those who need to be encouraged and am a lot kinder to be around.

Take some time today and notice what is flowing out of your heart. Is it chaos and pride? If so take inventory of what you are filling yourself with and replace it with Bible reading, spend time in thanksgiving and surround yourself with those who will you challenge you to do those things on a regular basis.

Maybe your heart is overflowing with graciousness and kindness. Continue to take time to fill yourself with things that shape you into more like Jesus. Then make sure you take it to the world. What a different world we would live in if we lived a life overflowing with the good things.

“…for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.”

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