(a dear friend of mine, yolanda, has written a little something i’ve been really wanting to share. she has the cutest little daughter and has another little one on the way! i’m very excited for her little family. you can visit her blog here. i love what she has to say about having a different heart) :
ever since i read “the mission of motherhood,” sally clarkson has become one of my favorite Christian authors. i’ve also read her book, “the ministry of motherhood” and am currently reading her newest book, “dancing with my father.”
in chapter 2, sally writes about how david had a different heart. growing up, sally loved to hear her mom dramatize the story of david and goliath. on one special occasion, sally had the opportunity to compliment her son, nate’s, character by comparing it with david’s and sharing with him that when facing the giant, goliath, the israelite soldiers “lived in fear because of what they could see with their eyes. but david saw with his heart. he saw this challenge as an opportunity to show the greatness of God. and david pleased God greatly because he didn’t just say he loved God, but he showed it by his actions.”
sally’s mother defined “having a different heart” like this:
unfortunately, viewing life by what i saw with my eyes instead of through a heart that trusted in God’s goodness and faithfulness, is how i’ve lived most of my Christian life. having a different heart sooner would have saved me from falling for the devil’s lies, making bad, impatient choices, misrepresenting God’s character, and overall, making Christianity look lifeless and unappealing. however, with great joy, i can now testify that God has shaped in me a different heart as a result of the trials and challenges He has led me through in the past couple years. i can now affirm that trusting in the Lord with all your heart and acknowledging Him in all your ways instead of leaning on your own understanding and being wise in your own eyes, makes for an invigorating life (see proverbs 3:5-8)!