I read this proverb today and thought how true it is. Life is pretty simple but many times we let things of less importance busy us and we forget to just do the more important things. Righteousness in the heart, what does that mean? If you look it up in the dictionary it means....
. Adhering to moral principles.
I believe that means not only choosing to be moral but making sure even the thoughts and the intentions of our heart are moral too. I think that is harder to do than one may think, only because the whole world is constantly pushing immoral and enticing things in our faces all day long. Either it is on the TV or billboards, magazine covers to the Internet, yes...everywhere in the world you can see those around us who seem to be beautiful, talented, popular and they are making immoral choices each day, the kicker is that the world also tries to make them look like they are happy because of that. I think the scripture in the scriptures that say "wickedness never was happiness" would apply here.
So let's all make a conscience effort to check our hearts. What we desire day in and day out, is usually what we will end up with in life, that is a sobering thought if our morals are bad. I am grateful that we all have our moral agency, we can choose to be stronger, happier, and strive for a more righteous heart. I believe like this proverb says, that is where it all begins.
Thanks to each of you for your example of a righteous heart to me and my family!
A Chinese Proverb
"If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
Where there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world."