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Guard Your Heart

Parents and kid holding paper cutout of family with heart in hands on beige background, top view
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Last week, my wife, Mary and I were walking down Main Street of a small South Georgia town when we passed the First Baptist Church.

On the sign out front, there was no pithy saying like we have all come to enjoy. You know, "Forgive your enemies. It messes with their head." Or, "Tweet others as you would like to be tweeted." Instead, all it said was Proverbs 4:23. I was hooked. I opened my phone to read the passage. "Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flows the springs of life." Again, "Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flows the springs of life." We are so careless about guarding our hearts. We let them be harmed by senseless anger and hate, while forgetting that who we are is found in the rivers of kindness that hopefully flows from them. I now repeat to myself this proverb several times a day. Of course, I still like the funny church signs, such as, "Seven days without prayer makes one weak." This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.