Don’t Be a Heart Melter

DEUTERONOMY 1:28–30--“[You said] ‘Our brethren have discouraged our hearts, saying, “The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.’” Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. The LORD your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes.’”

A “heart melter” is a person who discourages others, who liquefies their inner strength, like the ten shaky spies who checked out the Promised Land.

Every group has its heart melters. In strategic planning for an organization, leaders sometimes do an analysis by which they survey the institution’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). Heart melters focus on the threats rather than the opportunities. A “heart solidifier,” as Moses, Joshua, and Caleb were to the Hebrews, does not ignore reality. He or she sees the threats. But the solidifiers encourage the inner strength of the team or group by getting everyone to see the opportunities. Moses’ own heart was solid and stable with his faith in God. Heart melters transmit their own shakiness to team members, but heart solidifiers share their faith and strength.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Ask God to solidify, stabilize, and strengthen your own heart, and then use you to solidify the hearts of others.

Physical Heart Focus

Before you dine out, plan what you will avoid and stick to it.