~By Sharon Czerwien
When my husband and I were first married, we took a short trip to London.
It seems like ages ago, but I clearly remember hearing an argument between a London police officer and a bike rider. The officer told the man to, “Drop the attitude!”
It was the accent! I loved it, and I would jokingly say “drop the attitude” several times on that trip and when back at home. Even now, I like to tell my children that funny story, while saying it in my “best” British accent.
The police officer said, “Drop the attitude!” in such a direct and serious way. Surely (I would think) the bike rider would have realized the officer expected a better attitude.
“Watch That Heart!”
On a more serious note, I recently thought about that police officer’s command. I was then struck with a new phrase, which hit me in direct fashion—watch that heart!
For context’s sake, I thought of this “new phrase" when the national news first started sharing the dreadful news regarding Ukraine. I then wrote the bulk of this blog post a day after Russia's invasion.
In the beginning of these events (and because I am analytical by nature), my mind sure took off with lots of what ifs!
I had to tell myself pretty early on, “Woah, watch that heart! Get some Bible going through that heart of yours!"
Encouraging Bible Verses
On that same day, I was encouraged by two specific verses.
1. Isaiah 26:3
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.” (NKJV)
(Thanks Katie J. for posting this verse on your Facebook page. It was comforting for me to read it in that moment.)
2. 1 Peter 5:7
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (NKJV)
When times turn worrisome, what Bible verse can you dwell on to help you guard your heart? I encourage you to share in my endeavor to “watch that heart!”