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Frankly Phyllis

Guard Your Heart

"Don't give your zip code to the cashier. It doesn't necessarily bring on criminal activity, but when the company has your name and zip code, they can get all the information they need to market to you and sell to you. Why help them get into your wallet? Just say, 'No, thank you!' when asked for your zip code." This tip came from a reliable financial advisor on a TV monitor as I passed through an airport last weekend. A good reminder of how careless we can be about sharing personal information.

The fact is, some things must be guarded, like your heart! Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." One way to guard our heart is to notice how God made us with strengths to serve Him and our world. We get to know ourselves and our Creator when we get to know Jesus. It can sound weird to want to get to know someone you can't see, but, if you haven't done it, invite Him into your life and watch how He improves your vision for everything else. It's a mystery, a miracle, and a sure way to get to know Him better. As we learn in II Corinthians 4:18, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

He not only knows your zip code, He uses it for your good. He also knows your DNA code, your hopes and dreams, your falling apart at the seams! He will give you a vision for the possibilities in store for your tomorrows and stay with you as you walk into them. Christ guides your heart on when to say yes and when to say no. I like how C. S. Lewis, who received Christ later in life after much resistance, says it: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

Enjoy the view!

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