Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Crazy little thing called loved

Above all else guard your heart, for it is your source of life. Proverbs 4:23

Its been a long time since I've blogged two days in a row... but when inspiration strikes...

I think we are pretty careless people.

We are careless with our actions, our thoughts, our words...

We rarely stop to think of the possible ramifications of the thinks that we say, think, feel, do...

I suppose we are most careless with our hearts.

Which is crazy, because the Bible specifically commands us to guard our hearts... and care for it first and foremost.

However, it seems as if I come in contact with people everyday who throw around the word love like its as normal as breathing.

I will be the first to say, I love people!

I have been blessed beyond belief with some of the most amazing men and women that I have the privilege of considering my friends.

My favorite times are the times when we all sit around after church and just talk and laugh. I love when we can sit around and make jokes and laugh until it hurts. And I love our deep conversations about books... about God... I LOVE these people, more than most of them probably know.

It seems, however, there is a complete lack of respect for the word in itself.

I believe that we are called to love, and love with our entire beings, but can we possibly feel the same way about food as we do about people?

Or how about these 13 year olds who jump from relationship to relationship proclaiming their love for the flavor of the week. Really, how many "soul mates" do you expect to find before you hit puberty?

Is this what we as a society consider guarding our hearts?

In my own life, I would like to say that guarding my own heart has been top priority, that more often than not, it was more of my lack of openness than my openness that left me with heartache...

But even still, I look back on how often I was careless with my own heart, my own love...

How quick I have been to forgive and forget, when wisdom told me to forgive and be cautious. Its easy to get caught up in love and forget the bad... at least for a while...

The stupidest mistake in life is to think the ones who have hurt you the most, won't hurt you again...

Its not about forgiveness, its about wisdom.

Its one thing to stop holding grudges, its another to act completely carelessly with no regard to previous transgressions.

This is where guarding my own heart gets tricky.

I have to learn a balance. Guard my heart against the people and things that have proven to cause heart ache, but learn to be open to the possibility of love...

Because you can't live your life completely guarded and you can't live it carelessly.

Living your life carelessly will certainly lead to the same pain over and over. While living your life completely guarded will be certain to lead to a very lonely existence.

Love and life, both take a certain amount of risk. Without risk, none of it would be worthwhile.

To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

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