9 February, Wednesday — “God, this is me checking-in!”

Wednesday of Week 5 in Ordinary Time

1 Kgs 10:1-10
Mk 7:14-23

“For it is from within, from men’s hearts, that evil intentions emerge.

The Heart – root of all evil! Jesus teaches us in today’s Gospel about being mindful of what comes out of our hearts, for it breeds all kinds of vices.

Conversely, King Solomon in today’s first reading was admired because He asks for wisdom (1 Kings 3:9) — to discern between good and evil in order to govern God’s people. Because King Solomon ruled with the ‘heart of God’, he put the talents and wisdom that God had given him to good use and reaped so much more. What came out of his heart is good!

What do we ‘feed’ our hearts to ensure what comes of it is good and not evil? How do I have this ‘heart of God’? I had these ponderings as I reflected on today’s readings. And the simple answer came — that is to pray! To pray for the desire to manifest goodness in all that I do! It may sound simple, but I find it quite difficult, often our human nature takes over and we rely on our limited intellect and human perspective, instead of God’s.

King Solomon had a deep desire to do right by his people and live out his father’s legacy, God heard his heart’s desire and blessed him abundantly because it pleased the Lord to hear Solomon pray this way.

I guess the answer is not simply to pray, but to pray with the right intentions and desire. To pray for His will and His heart!

In my journey of development as a coach, there is often this practice that we are asked to do. Before we speak, or put a point across, to ‘check-in’ with ourselves. This requires one to pause, ‘look inward’ and tap into what’s arising from within. For me, the biggest development area has been to check-in and ask myself, “What is my truth”? Instead of what I think is the right thing to say/do or what others might like to hear. This has been a subtle but powerful shift in finding my voice and creating an impact at work.

If I draw a parallel to today’s reflection, I need to do a different type of ‘check-in’ — to slow down, dig deep and connect with God and ask, “What is His truth”? Praying in this way, means ‘checking-in’ with my Father regularly and consistently, so that I can ‘feed’ my heart with His Word, His Truth and His Will, and manifest goodness!

(Today’s OXYGEN by Lorraine Wong)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, teach me to pray in a way that I get to know your heart. Remind me always to slow down and check-in with you! So that good intentions emerge from within.

Thanksgiving: Heavenly Father, thank you once again for the timely reminder to rely on your wisdom and your strength in our daily struggles in life. Thank you for your teachings to guard our hearts, and be mindful of what comes out of it.   

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