By Timothy Houston
“Location is everything!” This term has often been repeated in business conversations. Something as simple as the side of the street a business is located on can determine its traffic pattern, and this subtle difference could be the distinguishing factor between the success and failure of that business. In matters of the heart, locating what a person treasures is very important. Because you cannot see what is in a person’s heart, you must look to what comes out of it to determine its treasures and values. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:21). Before you give someone your heart, you must determine the condition of theirs. Here are a few tips.
First, to determine the condition of a person’s heart, you must locate their values and passions. Everyday men and women show us what they treasure and value by where they place their hands, heart, and money. If a man values biceps over precepts, he will place more value in the way he looks over the value he places in honoring what he says. If he values money over mission, he will treasure the accumulation of wealth over serving his family and community. For located within a man’s treasures, values, and passions, you will find his heart. This is true for women as well. Locate the passion, and locate the heart.
Secondly, to determine the condition of a person’s heart, you must determine if they are centered. A person’s heart is at the center of their being. It is where their values come from. How important is honesty to them? How are their relationships with others? Do the things in their life have their proper place and prospective? Someone who is successful in business, but is a failure in his personal life, is not centered. A good person’s values come from within. Being centered means you measure yourself not by the yardstick of material possessions, but rather by the virtues stored in center of your heart.
Finally, to determine the condition of a person’s heart, you must determine that they have a solid foundation. A solid foundation of the heart is built on Godly precepts, and this foundation is rooted in serving others over serving self. Ask yourself, and them, the question, “What am I passionate about?” This will help you to locate your heart first, and locating your heart will help you properly evaluate the heart of others. If a person’s passions are rooted in honoring their words, valuing their family, and building their community, their heart is located upon that solid foundation that cannot be moved.
Men and women treasure those things that are in their heart. What is in their heart is impacted by its location and destination. They are all connected together, and they produce our values and principles. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24). Those who build their choices on solid values and principles are wisely choosing a destiny that will stand the test of time.
Timothy Houston is an author, minister, and motivational speaker who is committed to guiding positive life changes in families and communities. For questions, comments or more information, go to www.tlhouston.com.