Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Hannah works as a paralegal in a very busy law firm and prides herself as a reliable confidante. It is a large law firm consisting of 17 attorneys with 22 Paralegals and legal assistants. Everyone eats lunch at the firm cafeteria where a world-renowned caterer and dietitian offers great food and many healthy choices. She enjoys her work very much and can’t see herself doing anything else.
Hannah went to work as usual only to receive a letter. Her heart almost skipped a beat as she read through another dismissal. Full of pain and agony, she knelt down and spread her hands to heavens
“God, I know you are there. You see everything and you can hear me. I don’t understand why; why this is happening again, but I trust you, God.”
She wiped away tears and cleared her desk. The hallway was filled with colleagues and co-workers as she said her goodbyes again, but this time her director was furious and refused to see her off.
When it Costs Everything
There was a lot murmuring, and someone said
“She really deserves it, she behaves as if she’s better than everyone here. Never goes out with us for drinks after work and eats only with Lisa during lunch.”
Others said, “Oh, no, Hannah doesn’t deserve this and it’s not fair. She’s so hardworking, determined and diligent in all her endeavors.”
Hannah had worked for the firm for almost 7 years. She never indulged in anything that troubled her conscience.
Jason, John, & Megan, LLP is a firm bustling with all kinds of gossip and scandal rumors. Because of close-knit ties, many personal and professional boundaries are regularly crossed by superiors and subordinates.
You either join the drama or risked being cut off. Hannah did everything to guard her heart and integrity even though this angered some contentious coworkers. She had been fired previously, only to begrudgingly rehired by the director because no one in the office can do the job like her, but this time around the director was the one that fired her.
Several months after Hannah was fired an ethical investigation caused the director to resign.
The Moral of the Story
One needs to guard his or her heart, for out it flows everything pertaining to life. Your physical life ends when your heart stops, but it is equally necessary to take care of your heart spiritually and emotionally.
This may require ending some relationships or not visiting places or people that are toxic to your heart. Guarding your heart may require lifestyle changes and it may not be easy but remember nothing done for God is ever wasted.
What you hear and see color your soul and heart. Hannah refused to join the gossip and scandalous culture because she understood that these can be poisonous to her heart and relationship with God.
Guarding her heart may have cost her job, but preserved her integrity as an ambassador for Christ. Hannah was offered her job back after new management took over, but she already started her own private consultant business and many former clients had decided to support her instead.
A small temptation can stop a great glory and turn great joy into a great sorrow. Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Let’s guard our hearts against negative thoughts, emotions, information, and toxic relationships. To do this we must set boundaries. A life without boundaries can block some opportunities! A mind without boundaries accepts anything and lives in a gullible state!
Thank you for reading. Stay Blessed Always