In 1978 a comedy called Different Strokes came on the air. It ran until 1986. Gary Coleman was one of the children on the show and always got the biggest laugh with his line, “Whatcha talkin’ bout, Willis?”
In Luke 6, Jesus was teaching his disciples and one of the lessons he taught them was “A Tree is Known by Its Fruit.”
“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.” [6:43-44 NKJV]
Jesus was not really talking about trees because He goes on. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” [6:45 NKJV]
Jesus’ lesson is about people. Our heart’s priority is what we talk about the most. That made me ask myself, “Whatcha talkin’ bout, Terry?”
What do I talk about the most? Am I focused on what is pleasing to me, or even what is not pleasing? Or do I focus on what pleases the LORD? I think if I want to deepen my faith, I need to start by listening to myself and what the abundance of my heart is speaking.
Holy Spirit, open my spiritual ears and let me hear what my heart brings forth. Amen.