The Hung–Up Heart

PHILIPPIANS 3:13–14-- "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

Shaq O’Neal, the basketball star, says his stepfather gave him the passion to succeed in the game. For one thing, Phil Harrison wouldn’t let his stepson keep his trophies in the house. Reportedly, Harrison feared the trophies would get Shaq more focused on past accomplishments than on future goals.

When the heart gets hung up in the past, momentum is lost. Some people set up trophy rooms in their heart. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating accomplishments, but if your heart is primarily a shrine of your “good ole’ days,” it loses its future focus. Give a quick hoorah to what you achieved yesterday, and then focus on the future. That’s the way you move forward.


Spiritual Heart Focus

Thank God for enabling your past achievements. Ask Him to prepare you and help you focus on what lies ahead.

Physical Heart Focus

Set some mileposts on your journey to total heart health that mark achievement of goals along the way, and celebrate each time you pass one. Check your weight and BMI.