Deep waters of the heart...
By John Townsend, Crystal Cathedral Guest Pastor
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
- Colossians 3:2
The Bible tells us to listen to people. In Proverbs, chapter 20, verse 5, Solomon says, "The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters..." Deep waters. Right now, you may not even be aware of your deep waters, but you have them. They may be waters of happiness or depth or passion or fear or celebration, but you have deep waters inside you.
The second part of that verse says, "...but one who has insight draws them out." A person of understanding draws them out. We are supposed to draw each other's deep waters out, and that takes the relational mind. It's a good thing, and it's an important thing.
Here's a skill you can do to develop that relational part of your mind. This week, pick somebody important to you - maybe your spouse, somebody you're dating, one of your kids, a friend at work, somebody at church, a neighbor. Pick somebody who's important to you. Ask them one simple question. This'll start that mind moving. Ask the person you know, "Is there anything that you've been trying to tell me about yourself that I've been missing? Maybe about your life, your health, a struggle, or your kids. Or, maybe something about me. Maybe I turn you off in some way. What have I been missing about you?" Their response will begin to help the relational part of your mind to develop and grow.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to discover more about myself by being open and honest with others. Guide me to the people I need and who need my friendship and love, as well. Amen.