Two things that are easy for us to do are grow weary, and lose heart. It just is! How do you lose heart anyway? How is that even possible? If you lost it, where did you lose it? If I lose something, I usually just have to go back to the place where I last had it, retrace my steps when I lost it, and that is usually where I find it again. That works for lost glasses and lost keys, I suspect on some level it might work for lost hearts too. As the old crooner, Tony Bennett, sang it, “I left my heart in San Francisco high on a hill, it calls for me!” I’ve always thought, “If you know where you left it… on a high hill in San Francisco… you better go back there and get it! You’re going to need that thing!” Right? Lost heart!
And what about growing weary? We do that too sometimes, you know? But think about how that sounds. I grow lots of things… mold on old sandwiches that have been in the frig to long, and as I get older I grow hair in strange places… less and less on my head and more and more out my ears and nose… yuck! I grow way too many weeds in my yard and flower beds, and am always having to do something about what I grow… in my frig, out my ears and in my yard. But “grow weary?” Do I grow weary? Not, intentionally anyway! But neither do I grow hair out my ears, mold in my frig, or weeds in my yard… intentionally! It seems we are always losing things and growing things unintentionally, and perhaps that is how we grow “weary” and lose “heart” too.
The writer of Hebrews said in Hebrews 12:1-3closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST', “1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” How do we “grow” weary in the fields of our life, and “lose” our heart that we so badly need to live, and thrive, and navigate this life? How do we grow weary and lose heart? The Bible says we stop considering Jesus, and setting our eyes on Him, and we let the hairy circumstances of this life weigh us down, and the moldy cares of this world pollute us, and the weed of sin sprout, and we “grow” weary. And I suspect that when we “grow” weary it begins to occupy so much of our time and mind and we forget about our heart… where we put it, and before long we “lose” heart.
So I like the instruction we get from the writer of Hebrews because he tells us how we may keep from “growing” a crop of weary in our life, and how we can keep our heart in tow and not lose it. Throw off the things that hinder our close walk with God. Get rid of the sin that so easily entangles us, dig it up, root it out, and throw it way. And fix our eyes on Jesus, fasten our eyes on Him, think about Jesus, look at Jesus, focus on Him, His way, His words, His love for us. Keep your heart tied to Him. Because the truth of the matter is, there is lots of “weary” growing in our world today, and many who have lost heart. It’s hard for that not to spill over into our lives too, and there is much to discourage, and dishearten, and dismay around us. The world needs to see the hope and peace Jesus offers in the lives of those who are not “growing” weary in their life and losing their heart in this life, as they “joy” in Jesus in good times and bad, as they consider Him, and fix their eyes on Him… our hope. If you are “growing” weary in your life… well, it’s time to pull it up by its roots and get rid of it. And if you have “lost” your heart, go back to where you lost it and get it back… back to Jesus, get back to Him and your relationship Him whatever it takes, moving sin out of the way, confessing, repenting, getting back to that place where you lost heart. You’ll find it right where you left it! And the promise of Scripture is, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'). God bless you, don’t lose heart!