A series of popular Capital One credit card commercials were based on the popular catchphrase of “What’s in your wallet.” It’s likely you remember them since they played for years and could be somewhat entertaining. The point of the commercials was that there were often times things hidden from us which had an impact on us, yet we had no idea. The commercials challenged us to look at these things and see if they were causing harm or damage. The assumption was that people never paid attention to the details and specifics of their agreement with their credit card company, instead focusing on just the fact that they “get.”
In a metaphorical twist I’ll rephrase the question… “What’s in your heart? Do you take the time to read the fine print? Are there things in your life that are having a hidden impact on your life yet you are either unaware or just ignore? Chances are there may be many things in your life… there are certainly many things in mine. An unawareness or ignoring of them does not change the significance of their impact, and as with the point of the credit card commercials, if we knew how damaging they were we’d want to change.
We participated in a cool activity yesterday in church that got me thinking about all of this. Near the end of service everyone was asked to grab a stone off the the stage and write something on it something that they needed to let go of in their life. It was powerful to have 200 people participate in this activity. Our further instructions were to take that stone sometime in the near future and throw it somewhere in which it would never be found again such as to the bottom of a lake or pond. I personally could have used a few more stones as my greatest challenge seemed to be narrowing it down to just one thing.
We can’t know “What’s in our wallet” if we don’t take time to look… We can’t know “What’s in our heart” if we don’t humble ourselves before God and ask that He reveal the hidden things to us. A failure to do this is rooted in pride, essentially a love for oneself. I challenge you to ask God to continually reveal to you the hidden things of your heart that are causing separation between you and God. These hidden things keep us from truly experiencing Him at a level that deep inside we desire, even if we don’t recognize this desire. Blessed is Best!!
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10