In a moment of unexpected realization, this song is sung:

I have crossed the horizon to find you, I know your name

They have stolen the heart from inside you, but this does not define you

This is not who you are, you know who you are.

“Know Who You Are”, 2016, Mark Mancina

In the Disney animated film, Moana sings this song to Te Kā—a heartless volcanic demon. Moana’s quest is to reunite a stolen mystical relic known as “The Heart of Te Fiti” to its rightful place in order to save the islands from a deadly curse that is spreading across the ocean.

The song comes as Moana finally sees the empty space where Te Kā’s heart should be, and realizes that Te Kā and Te Fiti are one and the same. That the goddess of life was morphed into the demon of death when her heart was stolen.

Moana restores the Heart as the song concludes. Te Kā’s lava falls away and Te Fiti is revealed, lush and green once more.

Have you ever been ready to throw in the towel?

Perhaps another way to ask that would be, “Are you older than age ten”?

I’ve been there. You have too.

We’ve seen that hollow look in the eyes of other people. And in the mirror in our own eyes.

Disappointed, angry, and ready to quit. At the point of losing heart.

Scripture tells us we have to be diligent in protecting our heart:

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Proverbs 4:23, NLT

Above all else.

Not from time to time. Not when it’s convenient. Not when you get around to it. Always.

Because your heart is extremely valuable.

We lock the doors to our house each night. But every week our garbage cans will sit on the curb—unguarded—all night long.

Nobody guards worthless things. Everybody cares for what is valuable to them.

Our world is noisy and busy, and it will suck the life out of us if we let it.

Don’t let it.

Today, guard your heart like Jesus did when he would pull away from the noise:

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

Mark 1:35, NLT

Take a few moments and pull away to somewhere quiet. Pause, read the scripture below, then reflect.

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart. An evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Luke 6:45, NLT

Now pray and ask God to restore your heart, and to renew his life within you. 

That’s worship.

–Pastor Steve.