RIPE FOR HARVEST

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I have been posting a few personal experience stories over the past few weeks. These experiences happened to me personally and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. Today’s post is the last of the series. I trust that these stories have encouraged you, inspired you, and revealed to you how much God loves you and is involved with your life as well.
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The young woman rushed toward me, a smile on her face and a joy in her eyes that I had never seen in anyone’s eyes before.

“Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?”

My muscles tensed at her jolting question. It was not one I had expected to hear at a Friday night party sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ at a major Eastern university.

I furrowed my brows. “Excuse me? I don’t understand what you mean.”

She smiled and repeated her question, her face radiant with a joy that, I could tell, was not of this world. “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?”

“I’m sorry,” I replied. “I am____________.” And I gave her my lifelong religious affiliation.

My past did not deter her. “A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is for everyone, even for someone of your religious background.”

She was earnest and passionate. Unwavering in her zeal and, even more so, in her conviction.

“I’m sorry,” I said again. “I respect your beliefs, but this is not for me.”

Her smile faded just barely, but the joy in her eyes never did.

Her name was Margo. She was kind, gracious, and polite. We parted on friendly terms. As she walked away, the look of love in her eyes remained indelibly seared in my soul. Little did I know then that it would hover before me and bless me for the rest of my life.

Now, 45 years later, I can still remember that look of love in Margo’s eyes. A look that Inow understand was Christ in her bidding me come to Him. Now, 45 years later, I am certain she prayed incessantly for me.

Why am I certain? Because two years after my encounter with Margo at that university party, I overcame my fear of questioning my old belief system, and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. And, in the 45 years since, I have had the great honor and privilege of leading countless people to a similar, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, 45 years later, I understand what was going on in the spirit realm that night at the university party.

Tragic how fear can keep us from truth. Tragic how ingrained beliefs can so imprison us that we are afraid to question them. Tragic how religion can keep us from relationship!

Margo knew this. She saw it in me when I did not see it in myself.

When I did not want to see it in myself.

And so, she shared the truth in love. Not theology. Not intellectual arguments.

But a Person.

She shared Jesus Christ in her by allowing Him to flow through her into my life. And even though, to my deep regret, I did not accept Him that first time He presented Himself to me through that precious young woman, His infinite mercy profoundly touched me and left its indelible mark on my soul.

Jesus understood my fear of renouncing what I had been taught from childhood and had always believed. But He did not allow that fear to persist in my life. He pursued me with His love.

As did Margo with her prayers.

For 45 years, I have searched for her. I want so much to tell her that I did finally come to Christ and that, because of her boldness in sharing the Gospel with me, countless others have come to Christ. I want her to know that her witness was not in vain, that the seed she planted has borne much fruit.

I may never find Margo this side of Heaven. But one day, whether here on earth or on the other side, I will thank her personally for sharing Christ with me. Until then, I will continue to pay tribute to the love of Christ in her by imitating her boldness and sharing Christ wherever and whenever I can.

And, until then, I will continue to encourage others that no witness for Christ is in vain. For He promises us this: “My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow. It will not come back to me without results. It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do” (Isaiah 55:11 GOD’S WORD® Translation).

Only God knows where the seeds we plant will sprout and bear fruit. That is His concern, not ours. Ours is to do His bidding, to be a Margo to that one who is too afraid to let go of status quo beliefs and move into truth.

That one who, like me, was ripe for harvest but just didn’t know it.
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Copyright 2015-2017. All Rights Reserved. This article originally appeard in Book Fun Magazine on September 22, 2015.

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts are:

Touched by Angels

Sex and Soul Ties

The Deadly Trap of Tolerance

Victim or Victor: Which One Are You?

How to Conquer Stinkin’ Thinkin’


For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You will be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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WHEN GOD GOT PERSONAL

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I wil be posting a few personal experience stories over the next few weeks. These experiences happened to me over the past several years and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. I trust that these stories will bless you, encourage you, and reveal to you how much God loves you and is involved in your life as well.
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WHEN GOD GOT PERSONAL
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA

“She looks pale,” the pediatrician said as he examined my two-month-old daughter. “I want to run some blood tests on her.”

The year was 1977. The month was November. My husband, our firstborn daughter Lia, and I had recently celebrated the joyous arrival of our second child. All seemed well in our world.

At the doctor’s words, my heart clutched. “What do you think is the problem?”

His eyes reflected concern. “I’m not sure just yet. Let’s wait to see what the blood tests show.”

I swallowed hard and nodded. I don’t know what’s happening, Lord, but whatever it is, I will trust You.

I had been a follower of Jesus Christ for seven years. During that time, I had gotten to know Jesus through reading His Word, through prayer, and through fellowship with other believers. But I didn’t want only to know Jesus vicariously through the experiences of others. I wanted to sense His pulse. To see Him in action.

To feel His heartbeat.

As I read the Gospels, I noticed that people experienced Jesus. They had life-changing encounters with Him that affected their lives in personal ways. Encounters that touched them physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Encounters that changed the course of their lives.

I wanted to be a character in the Gospels. I wanted to be able to say that Jesus was not only the Savior of the world but that He was the Savior of my world.

The pediatrician turned toward me. “I’m ordering a test at the children’s hospital in the city. You will not be able to feed Gina for twelve hours prior to the test since it requires that she be fasting.”

My heart sank. My baby nursed every two hours. To deprive her of food for an entire twelve hours seemed impossible.

I mumbled a thank you and left the doctor’s office with my baby cradled in my arms and with both of us cradled in the arms of Jesus.

On the drive home, I cried out to God in anguish. “Lord, I can’t bear the thought of my Gina screaming in hunger throughout the night. You have to do something!”

The test was scheduled for a couple of days later. The night before the test, Gina fell asleep at 7:00pm. For the first time in her young life, she slept all through the night! 

But not only did she sleep all through the night, she was also still asleep when my husband and I put her in the car to go to the hospital. She slept during the entire one-hour trip to the hospital. She went into the test asleep, and she awakened only after the test was over at 9:00am. Fourteen hours of straight sleep! And fourteen hours with no food. At that point, I had a hungry baby on my hands.

My heart overflowed with thanksgiving as I gave glory to God for this miracle.

My husband and I returned home with our baby to await the test results. When they arrived shortly thereafter, they revealed the presence of an incurable lymph gland disease with a prognosis of a life span that would most likely not exceed nine years.

Fear clamped its sharp claws around my mind and whispered its ugly lies. “Your daughter is going to die.”

Braced with the Word of God, I attacked that spirit of fear with the vengeance of an angry mama bear protecting her cub from danger. “Oh, no, Satan!” My words shot through the air. “You are a liar and the father of lies. My God says that my Gina was healed by the stripes of Jesus. And what He says is true. So I silence you, foul spirit of fear, in the Name of Jesus.”

As my circumstantial world spun in a violent downward spiral, my spirit resisted and soared to grab hold of God’s promise of healing. I could not let my baby die. I would not let my baby die. In His Word, God said she was redeemed from the curse. I could stake my child’s life on that truth.

In obedience to our Lord’s command in Mark 16 to lay hands on the sick, and in accordance with His promise in the same chapter that if I did so, the sick would recover, my husband and I laid hands on our precious baby daughter and commanded the sickness to leave her body.

A pole shift occurred in the spirit realm as my Gina’s life shifted to a new axis, the axis of Truth. I fully expected her to be healed. The thought of her not being healed had no permission to enter my mind.

A few days after laying hands on my baby, I sat in my family room worshipping the Lord while Gina slept in her cradle beside me. As I worshipped and thanked Jesus for healing my baby, I felt compelled to turn on the television. I recognized the Holy Spirit’s prompting and obeyed it.

At the very instant I turned on the TV, Dr. Pat Robertson of the 700 Club was praying. He looked up at the camera and said, “There is a baby in the TV viewing audience with a lymph gland disorder, and God is healing her now.” Instantly, a sensation of warm oil poured over me, covering the top of my head and flowing down over my entire body. I jumped out of my chair and shouted, “That’s my Gina! That’s my Gina!”

I called my husband. A physician himself, he wisely advised that we obtain medical confirmation of Gina’s healing. When I took her back to the pediatrician, he ran repeat tests and could find no sign whatsoever of disease. The word of knowledge Dr. Robertson had brought forth proved true. My Gina was healed!

And I had experienced Jesus in a tangible, personal way. He had shown me His heart.

And His heart was to heal.

Today, my Gina is a beautiful, healthy 39-year-old young woman serving the Lord with all of her heart. She is a living testimony to God’s healing power and to the truth of His Word.

Most of all, she is a living testimony to the God Who proved to me that He wants to bring salvation not only to the entire world, but especially to my personal world.
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Copyright 2015-2017 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts are:

Touched by Angels

Sex and Soul Ties

The Deadly Trap of Tolerance

Victim or Victor: Which One Are You?

How to Conquer Stinkin’ Thinkin’


For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You will be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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FROM THE DOLDRUMS TO THE DIVINE

by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I wil be posting a few personal experience stories over the next few weeks. These experiences happened to me over the past several years and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. I trust that these stories will bless you, encourage you, and reveal to you how much God loves you and is involved in your life as well.
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FROM THE DOLDRUMS TO THE DIVINE
by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD

It’s the same old, same old,” my coaching client complained. “Things never seem to change.”

I took a deep breath and whispered a prayer for wisdom. “Okay, what do you want to change and why?” I asked.

“I want to get off this treadmill and start doing something meaningful with my life.”

“And do you know what that is?”

“I have no idea.”

Neither did I. But at least I knew where to start to find out. Having gone through the same scenario myself many years earlier, I could relate to his feelings of depression, despondency, and discouragement. After all, it was no fun being on this earth and not knowing why.  Nor was it any fun living every day without a sense of purpose.

My mind drifted back to an earlier time when I was in my client’s shoes.

Stuck. Stifled.

And spiritless.

Yes. Without spirit. Dying on the inside.

I was what one would call “down in the dumps.” A victim of the doldrums.

Dismayed about what was happening—or not happening—in my life.

An Internet dictionary defines “doldrums” as “a state or a period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression.” Of the three descriptive nouns, stagnation fit my situation best. I was certainly not inactive. On the contrary, I was spinning my wheels in multiple directions and heading nowhere fast.

Nor was I depressed. I still retained some hope in the future. But the problem was, I didn’t know what direction to take into that future. What if I took the wrong fork in the road? What if I went down the wrong path?

What if I missed my destiny?

I knew I had to do something because the years were passing, and passing quickly. I didn’t want to reach the end of my life and have regrets about wasting my life.

Mind you, I wasn’t a Christian at this point, but I was religious. Very religious. Too religious for my own good. I was bound up in legalistic rituals of spirituality that, as I look back, kept me a prisoner of my wrong thinking and blinded me to the truth.

My mind returned to the coaching session with my client. “Have you ever heard about the concept of being born again?”

He cleared his throat. “What does that have to do with anything?”

I read between the lines of his pain. “It has everything to do with the reason you are here on this earth.”

I could feel him getting uneasy on the other end of the phone. “Look, I’m not interested in religion. I’m interested in results.”

I smiled inwardly. “I totally understand. I’m not talking about religion. I’m talking about relationship. What you are looking for is a relationship that will give meaning to your life. In that relationship, you will find your purpose.”

“But I’ve already got a girlfriend.”

I smiled inwardly again. “I’m sure your girlfriend adds meaning to your life, but what if you didn’t have her? Would your life still have meaning?”

Several moments of silence ensued. I thought he was about to ask for a refund, when he finally spoke up.

“Are you telling me that what I’m looking for is Jesus?” The tone of his voice exuded incredulity and derision.

“That’s exactly what I’m telling you.” I could picture him shaking his head.

“You can’t be serious.”

“I have never been more serious.”

As the battle for his soul waged in the spirit realm, I prayed silently that God would open his spiritual eyes and spiritual ears to the truth.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It sounds too easy. Too simplistic.”

“It is not simplistic. It is simple, but not easy. Following Jesus will cost you everything.”

His curiosity was piqued. “What do you mean?”

I mean it will cost you your life—not necessarily your physical life, although that may happen, but it will certainly cost you the life of your will.”

“I don’t get it.”

Having been in the same place, I empathized with him. “Following Jesus means submitting your will to His will.”

He remained silent for a long moment. “I’m not sure I can do that.”

“Are you saying you can’t or you won’t?”

“Aren’t they the same thing?”

“Not at all.”

He cleared his throat again. “So, what’s the difference?”

“The difference is the want-to. If you want to submit your will to God’s will, God will enable you to do so.”

He hesitated and then back-pedaled. “I don’t think this Jesus stuff is for me.” 

My heart sank just a bit. “No one can force you to accept Jesus Christ. Not even your life coach.” I chuckled. “But I do hope you will think about our conversation today. Your purpose in life is wrapped up in Jesus Christ. I pray that one day you will understand that.”

I ended the session and said goodbye, wondering if the story with this particular client had ended.

But, I’m happy to say that the story did not end there. Surprisingly, my client continued on with me. After several more months of coaching, he eventually did see the light and was born again. Today, he has found his purpose as a worship leader in his home church, and he has never been happier and more fulfilled.

By the grace of God, he discovered his destiny.

In surrendering to Jesus Christ, he went from the doldrums to the divine. 

As for me, I am so thankful to have played a small part in his magnanimous discovery.

But it might never have happened if I myself had not chosen, many years earlier, to go from the doldrums to the divine by accepting Jesus Christ into my own life.

And that has made all the difference!

What about you? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord? If not, click here to learn how. 

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Now, it’s YOUR turn:  What do you do when you feel discouraged, disappointed, disillusioned, or depressed? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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Copyright 2015-2017 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

This article first appeared in Book Fun Magazine, August 2015.

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts are:

Touched by Angels

Sex and Soul Ties

The Deadly Trap of Tolerance

Victim or Victor: Which One Are You?

How to Conquer Stinkin’ Thinkin’

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You will be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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To help you learn about your true identity in Christ, I wrote YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS!. This book will reveal to you the power and authority you have to bring about effective change in your life through Jesus Christ. Get your copy now!

 

YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS! by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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TOUCHED BY ANGELS

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

MARYANN’S NOTE: At Holy Spirit’s direction, I wil be posting a few personal experience stories over the next few weeks. These experiences happened to me over the past several years and reveal God’s supernatural presence and power in our lives. I trust that these stories will bless you, encourage you, and reveal to you how much God loves you and is involved in your life as well.
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TOUCHED BY ANGELS
by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

The bright headlights came straight at me. With my hands on the steering wheel, I stared at them but could not move. I had become like a passenger in the driver’s seat, unable to turn, swerve, or get out of the way as my car clipped down the highway at 55 miles per hour.

The headlights came closer and closer, their glare piercing my tired eyes. Still, I could not move.

It had been a long day. Between working and client appointments, all I wanted to do was go to sleep. But as the mom of two teenage daughters who played on their school’s volleyball team, I could not miss their away game that night. I was proud of my daughters and attended virtually all of their games.

So it was that I found myself driving home late that night after a glorious victory game. Riding in the church van in the lane to my right, the team was in a celebratory mood, and I wished I could have shared in the fun of their exuberant ride home. But the girls were required to ride in the church van with their coach, so I had taken my own car.

Entranced, I stared helplessly at the headlights that fast approached, wondering what they were doing straight in front of me. This was a four-lane highway after all, with each pair of lanes going in a single direction. At a certain point, the highway would turn into a two-lane road, with traffic going in opposite directions, but we had not reached that point yet. Having traveled the road hundreds of times, I knew it well.

Like one in a dream, I kept staring ahead at the brilliant headlights that now blurred my vision. Closer and closer they came. Soon they would be upon me, yet still I had no power to get out of their way. My mind was in another world, while my body remained in this one.

The headlights hurled toward me, expanding into horizontal bands of dazzling white. In an instant they would overpower me and consume me into themselves.

Still I could not move.

Just as the headlights were about to overtake me, invisible beings lifted my car off the ground, carried it slowly through the air, and gently placed it on the grassy median at the side of the road.

Suddenly I awakened.

All was still. I turned off the ignition and just sat there, stunned by what had just happened.

He gives His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Years before, I had memorized those precious words from Psalm 91 and had prayed them regularly over my children, my husband, and myself. Now I had literally experienced their truth. God’s angels had rescued me from a horrific head-on collision.

From almost certain death.

With tears welling up in my eyes, I drew in a deep breath and thanked the Lord for His great mercy in sparing my life.  

Soon I heard the shouts of teenage girls running toward my car. “Mom, are you all right?” My daughters were the first in line.

“Dr. Diorio, are you all right?” The team shouted in unison. “We were so scared. We were praying at the top of our lungs that God would protect you.”

Dazed, I looked at the girls. “What happened?”

Coach Debbie approached the driver’s side window that I had rolled down. She laid her hand on mine. “Are you okay?”

“Yes, I’m fine.” Deep peace had settled over me. “What happened?”

“You almost had a head-on collision. You were driving in the wrong lane on a two-lane highway.”

A two-lane highway. How did I miss the changeover from four lanes to two lanes?

Coach Debbie’s voice caught. “I kept blowing my horn to get your attention, but you didn’t respond.”

The seriousness of the situation dawned on me.

Coach Debbie’s eyes glistened with tears. “The team and I watched God’s angels lift your car off the highway and place it on the median.”

I swallowed hard. “I must have fallen asleep at the wheel. Thank you so much for praying.”

Coach Debbie smiled. “I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so hard for anything in all my life.”        

She opened the car door and I got out. Then she and the team surrounded me and gave me a huge group hug.

“Girls,” Coach Debbie said, “let’s thank the Lord for this great miracle tonight.”

With my two precious daughters close beside me, we all joined hands. Right there on the grassy median at the side of the highway, Coach Debbie led the team in a powerful prayer of thanksgiving for God’s mercy in saving my life.

As I resumed the drive home with the church van now behind me, I kept praising God for His infinite mercy. His Word is true. He does give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. His angels had protected me and preserved me from evil. They had touched me with the power of God’s love.

And I would never again be the same.

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Copyright 2014-2017 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: This article first appeared in Book Fun Magazine in December 2014.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Have you ever encoutered angels? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

TWEETABLE: “Touched by Angels” by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio (CLICK TO TWEET)

If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! Check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. Some of our most popular posts are:

The Deadly Trap of Tolerance

Victim or Victor: Which One Are You?

How to Conquer Stinkin’ Thinkin’

How to Make Change Your Ally

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

NOTE: If you are struggling to know your purpose in life, I can help you! As a highly experienced Certified Life Coach, I will help you set priorities in line with your God-given purpose. For more information or to set up a phone appointment, please send me an email at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. You will be taking a major step toward fulfilling your destiny!

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!
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WHAT DOES MEMORY HAVE TO DO WITH SUCCESS?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

Memory. We study it. Measure it. Test it. Sharpen it. But do we truly understand the important role memory plays in creating a successful life?

In his two letters to the churches in Asia Minor, the Apostle Peter speaks often about memory. Hear his words from his second letter:

2 Peter 3: 1-2 – “Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.”

2 Peter 1: 12-15 – “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”

Notice Peter’s frequent reference to memory in his use of the words reminders, recall, remind, refresh your memory, remember.  Throughout both of his letters, Peter emphasizes the importance of the memory in leading a successful life. 

So, why is memory so important to success?  Because memory affects the way we think, and the way we think determines our level of success in life. What we remember and keep in mind will be what affects our decisions on a daily basis.

But a good memory alone is not sufficient to lead a successful life. We must remember the right things. What are these right things? They are the commands of Christ as given in His Word. When we obey Christ’s commands, we are aligning our thinking with His thinking. And when we align our thinking with God’s thinking, we experience true success.

The Apostle Paul wrote this in Romans 12: 2:  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Paul makes clear in this verse that there are two ways of thinking: the world’s way and God’s way. Paul further makes clear that only God’s way of thinking leads to true success.

As you sharpen your memory with the Word of God–memorizing it, meditating on it, applying it–you will increasingly experience the abundant life of success that Jesus died to give you.

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  What are your thoughts about the effect of memory on success? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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Matters of the Heart is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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