Ken, weeds can grow in the middle of the median out of concrete. They are determined little creatures. The enemy is the same way with our hearts. “It’s the little foxes.” How do we help guard our heart from the “little foxes?”
Guarding our heart is a simple thing but like many simple endeavors it’s not easy. If we want to maintain freedom and be pure of heart we must remain close to Jesus. There are many ways of encountering Him but it requires seeking him with a whole heart.
Diligence is a lost art for so many. How can we cultivate a diligent heart?
Diligence, if viewed through the lens of legalism, is a tough taskmaster but if we look through the eyes of love then it becomes a pathway to freedom. The best way I know to cultivate a diligent heart is to love yourself and the person or thing that you are serving. The question that we need to ask is, “What’s the best way for me to offer myself fully to this effort." We must accept that we have limited energy and abilities. It’s also a good idea to ask God for his definitions for the work at hand.
Ken Edwards is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and has earned a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Master of Arts in Religious Education of Southwestern Seminary. But his discernment matches his education and for me often the greater gift. He lives with his wife Janet and three children in Franklin, Tennessee. And this is him enjoying what he loves, the mountains in Wyoming. Except he's usually behind the camera. And he has been kind enough to spend Friday’s with us. What he is offering us regarding his time is a gift. I hope we will take advantage of it.
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