Keep it.

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23

One of my good friends tells me he doesn’t preach on something until he has had the chance to practice it for at least a month. He makes sure he only speaks passionately about what he really knows.

That has been such a good lesson for me. I tend to be affected by new ideas very easily, and I want to speak out about them, or write about them, as soon as I can. But my friend’s lesson goes so deep. Not only does it keep him from piling heavier loads on the people who hear him than he himself is able to bear, like Jesus once accused some religious leaders of doing, but it also protects his heart.

Keep your heart will all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”