If you know anything about building blanket forts, then you know the most important job part is not the construction of the fort – though each pillow and blanket is crucial in making sure the fort is sustainable against the forces of nature – but rather making sure the completed fort is well guarded.
Recently, I watched the grandchildren construct a blanket fort in our living room. They were extremely resourceful in using throw pillows, blankets, and furniture pieces with the main purpose of making sure that the fort was well built. Satisfied with the fort’s construction, the orders were simple for the keeper of the fort.
Guard the fort!
In other words, and under no circumstances, do not allow the four-legged furry creature (also known as Daisy the dog), to enter the fort! Protect the fort, always and at all costs! Because everyone knows an unwanted creature can wreak havoc on even the best constructed blanket fort.
Three small words. One responsibility.
GUARD. THE. FORT.
There’s a life lesson there if we look close enough.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
In a devotion that I read recently, these words … “You, and only you, have the direct responsibility from God to guard what comes in your heart and what comes out of it – the words. Every issue you face, every decision you make, hinges on your capacity to guard your heart.”
The devotion continued with these words … “We live in a toxic verbal culture. Complaints, sarcasm, criticism, judgments, and gossip can wreak havoc in no time if your heart is not well guarded."
Three small words. One HUGE responsibility. GUARD. YOUR. HEART.
Guard your heart against what comes in and guard your heart for what goes out.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do (and say) flows from it.”
The Keeper of the Heart has spoken.