The Wellspring of Life

By: Rick Slager

Proverbs 4:23

Protect your heart with all diligence, for it is the wellspring of life.


To be eligible for hospice in this country one must be diagnosed by two or more physicians as having less than six months to live.

Having worked in hospice and with seniors for my entire adult life, I have come to believe that people who have taken the time in life to nurture, feed and protect their hearts will enter this period of life with great comfort, optimism and peace. In their final hours, they often display an inner strength, courage and calm that befuddles common sense.

This strength can only come from years of searching for something bigger than themselves and better than anything this world has to offer. This is not to say they never laid their hearts on the line for something they believed in or allowed their hearts to be broken. They just didn’t foster bitterness, inflame anger, encourage envy, pursue lust, or allow the world to rob them of their joy. They protected their hearts from the sin and evil in this world as best they could.

Each of us begins our life here on this earth with a body, mind and soul. How well we take care of each of these gifts has a lot to do with how we age and how we approach death. How many of us spend time each day filling our hearts and souls with that which is pleasing and brings great joy to our Father? Have we truly filled our hearts with goodness, joy and mercy or have we allowed worldly thoughts and ideas, visions and images, aggressions and temptations to enter our hearts? Remember that in the end, the way we treat our bodies and minds will impact us for a lifetime, but how we treat our hearts and souls will impact us for eternity.

Protect your heart.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Do I protect my heart and soul as well as I protect my mind and body?