Getting Your Heart Back, part 1: Where Did it Go?

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Thu, 11/08/2018 - 6:00am

You won't be around Zoweh long before you hear the phrase "get your heart back" but what does that mean? If I have to get it back, that must mean that it's gone, so where did it go? Who took it? How do I get it back? Join Michael, SJ, and Tom as they discuss the ongoing reclamation of the heart. (part 1 of 3)

Quotes from this episode:

“You simply cannot neglect the heart and get away with it. The mind is a beautiful instrument, one we certainly want to develop all our lives and not only in the college years. But God gave us the mind to protect the heart, not usurp it. As Walker Percy said, “You can get all A’s and still flunk life.” 

So let’s think about identity and the heart for a moment. All men, young or old, have within them a famished craving for validation. It will not be denied. We will chase validation wherever we can and we learn pretty quickly what our world rewards, what it shames, what it cares nothing about. So the athletes seek validation by being fast, strong, and winning, while the valedictorians throw themselves into papers, exams, and maintaining their GPAs. The “spiritual leader” latches on to the praise coming from their giftings, and they give their hearts and souls over to that dance, while the “cool” kids go barefoot and wear dreadlocks. We are all looking for the same thing.

When a young man doesn’t know who he is and what he’s made of, resisting those “scripts” that are being handed out is about the same as defying gravity. ‘Let’s see—I gotta do my laundry, move my car, and oh yeah, I think I’ll fly today.’” - from Killing Lions by John & Sam Eldredge

“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.” - from Yesterday I Cried by Iyanla Vanzant

"But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you." -Ephesians 4:24 The Message (MSG) 20-24

Resources mentioned:

You can find Michael Thompson's The Heart of a Warrior bookSearch & Rescue book, The Heart of a Warrior/Search & Rescue book bundleand more in the Zoweh store. You can also download a FREE copy of A Biblical Theology of the Heart, an essay prepared by author Michael Thompson.

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