“Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”
The Webster dictionary defines a “default setting” as a preset value that a computer system assumes or an action that it takes unless otherwise instructed. Any electronic device you buy today comes with default settings – a television, a DVR, a microwave, a car radio, a computer, and any software you install on your computer. For instance, when you change the font on your computer, then shut that particular program, the computer reverts back to its default font setting – i.e. Times New Roman.
What’s your default setting? Yes, even humans have default settings. We call it the heart. All of life flows from your heart – both physically and spiritually. To determine the default setting of your heart you can ask yourself a couple questions:
- When not forced to think about other things, what do I naturally think about?
- What do I find myself daydreaming about?
Now, don’t beat yourself up. Since we are all born with a human nature, the most common spiritual default setting is “selfishness” in one form or another.
But here’s the good news. On many electronic devices, you can change some of the default settings. For instance, on my computer I have changed the default font setting from Times New Roman to Arial. Likewise, the default settings of your heart can be changed, as well. When you fall in love with Jesus, He begins to reprogram your heart – i.e. your default language, your default reactions, your default attitudes, etc. He does so through regular input of God’s Word and reliance on the indwelling Holy Spirit.
What’s your default setting? Has Jesus reprogrammed some of your default settings?
Dear Heavenly Father,
I admit that I am naturally selfish.
I am grateful that Jesus Christ has already
changed some of the default settings of my heart.
May He continue to reprogram my heart!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!