“It’s what’s inside that counts.” At the time, I was underwhelmed at Mr. Marquis’ overstated cliché. Fast forward almost thirty years and my high school tennis coaches words ring loud and clear.
When I was young I valued sharp skills, wide experiences, strong education, relational intelligence, and winning personalities. Now that I’m older it’s much more clear that though these qualities can take you to the top, it’s your character that keeps you there. Eventually, what’s inside, will come out.
Apart from the transforming work of God in our hearts, there’s no hope to change who we are. This is one of the amazing effects of trusting in Jesus and committing your life to Him; your heart is transformed. In Ezekiel 32:6, God says, “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”
If your heart is hard and struggling with hate, unforgiveness, bitterness, envy, jealousy, lust, ungratefulness, or apathy, ask God to change your heart today. You may need to repent, confess, or apologize. Whatever you do, spend time with God praying or reading the Scriptures and let Him soften your heart.