In a few weeks I am going to a Casting Crowns concert with a friend. One of the opening bands is Sanctus Real. Since I wasn’t familiar with their music I decided to get their newest CD to listen to before the concert. The whole CD, called “Pieces of a Real Heart,” is pretty good. But as usually happens with a new CD one song in particular stood out for me. It’s called “Dear, Heart.” I found this great video of it on YouTube with cute stick figures.
This song reminded me of a passage from Jeremiah:
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?
But I, the Lord, search all hearts
and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT).
It got me thinking about how my own heart has led me into trouble, looking for love and happiness where it can’t be found. I know sometimes my heart fools me into thinking material possessions will provide happiness.
One thing that has been on my mind lately has been my jewelry collection. I like jewelry, a lot, and I own more than a person could possibly need. I even sometimes pride myself on getting jewelry for a good price. But jewelry doesn’t really provide me with the love and happiness I need to truly live. I’ve been wondering lately how I would feel if tomorrow it was all gone. I know that if I think I can’t live without it then I’ve let my heart deceive me.
Greater than all the jewels of the world is the love of Jesus, and no one can ever take that away from me. I pray that my desire for material possessions – jewelry or otherwise – never get between me and my God.