I have found a few ways to utilize my Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology! Here's lesson one:
"Hearts are stronger after broken..." - Needtobreathe (Slumber)
(That was not what I learned)
Our skeletal muscles are broken down in weight training, and they grow in recovery. The strength comes from repair (sleeping). If we didn't work them hard enough to stress them; they won't grow in the repair process. (That's what I learned)
The Needtobreathe quote is saying the same thing about our heart. When our hearts are broken throughout life, they grow stronger. This does not mean physiologically (pumping harder), but spiritually. The more we let God repair our brokenness, the more He gets to touch our heart and repair it with His Master Hands. And the more our hearts are touched by the Master, the stronger they get.
So, what is a strong heart good for anyway? Well, what is our heart made for? Yes, pump blood, but that's too simple. What about love? What is the greatest commandment? Deuteronomy 6:5 "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength". What if the more our hearts were broken, the more the Master could repair it, and the more we'd be able to love? As long as we bring it to the One who made our hearts, He will grow a broken heart in love.
Paul says it best in Ephesians: "I ask the Father to strengthen you by his Spirit - not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength - that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you'll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God." (3:16-19 MSG)