I’m excited to announce I have a new book coming out, Heart-Shaped Life Devotional. The subtitle says: Choosing a life of steadfast love one day at a time. I want to reflect on this idea a little bit because we live in a harsh world and not necessarily a heart-shaped one. We live in a world that is complex and violent, flawed at best and spiraling out of control at worst. So, what can we do?
When I first started writing this new book, I was intentional about wanting to offer a perspective of love, love that would surpass the ugly challenges of life; love that would cause us to rethink our options when we’re angry or afraid or hopeless. What kind of love would that be? Where can we find that love? In my own loss of innocence, I realize I will not find that kind of love easily. It won’t just appear and take away the misery that prevails and blackens the daily headlines. It can’t really come from the earth at all.
Jesus said that the two greatest commandments had to do with loving God and loving each other. My hope in this book is to remind us that we have a place to go. We have a Source of love that goes beyond our understanding and a love that is victorious. This love is designed with hope and purpose and possibility. We have God’s love, steadfast and true. As the book evolved for me though, I have to say that I was struck by something I didn’t really think of at the beginning. It was about what it means to let your heart be shaped by God.
For anything to be shaped, it has to be soft enough to be malleable. It can’t be so hard that it would have to be utterly broken to even shape it at all. Imagine the clay soft and warm, ready to be shaped into all kinds of beautiful things. That’s what your heart is like in the hands of God. That’s what He requires of you each day. He wants you to have a heart-shaped life so that you can have more joy, more laughter, and more opportunity to love.
We’re going to fail. We’re going to fall down and have to get back up again. We’re going to have moments when we have forgotten who we are; especially who we are in Christ. We are soft-hearted, beautifully shaped, joyfully enduring sons and daughters of the living, forgiving, and redeeming God. Whatever you do today…let His hand shape your thoughts and words in every way.