For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them - Acts 28:27 ESV
Everywhere the family and I go for vacation, we drive. I don't like to fly. Some of the trips are longer than others so we may take 2 days to reach our destination.
I've grown accustomed to driving long distances for our vacations and I enjoy driving, it's not a problem for me . Despite the long distances we sometimes travel for our vacations, nothing compares to the long journey that took over 15 years to complete.
That journey consisted of 18 inches.
Doctors say that it is about 18 inches from your brain to your heart. To some of you reading this, that doesn't seem like a long way. To others, it represents an enormous distance.
I fall in the second group. For a long time, I was ashamed to admit it. I hid the fact that I could not navigate that 18 inches. Every time I attempted to travel those 18 inches between my head and my heart, I gave up.
The reason? I was afraid. I was terrified to give into my heart and do what God had wired me to do. I used my brain to rationalize all the reasons why I couldn't do what my heart knew I was designed to do.
There are those of you reading this that can identify with me. You know in your heart what your purpose and passion is. You know the things that provide you with that indescribable feeling of excitement. Despite knowing all of that, your mind is able to convince you otherwise.
How was I able to overcome this? First of all, let me state that it's not easy. It took me over 15 years to finally arrive at writing on a consistent basis. I realized that the uncomfortable feeling I experienced daily would not go away until I listened to my heart.
Once that happened, everything changed. That doesn't mean that I don't struggle with the negative thoughts. I am better equipped to handle those situations because I've learned to listen to my heart.
You have the ability to do the same.
Take a look in the Book of Acts. The children of Israel hearts had grown callused and hardened against the message of God. Furthermore, their ears stopped hearing and the eyes stopped seeing. Men, that's what happened to me.
Fortunately, our merciful God gave the children of Israel an opportunity. If they would see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart, He would heal them.
My brothers, that's what happened to me. I started listening to my heart. As a result my thinking became clearer and I was able to hear and see more effectively.
I was able to navigate the 18 inches between my head and my heart. It took some time, but I did it.
So can you! The formula has been laid out for you. The only thing that you need to do is to apply it.
Do it today! Do it now!
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.