On May 1st, my new daily devotional called The Heart-Shaped Life releases into book stores. I’m excited about this book, not only because it happens to be my 100th published work, but because one of my life’s desires is to be counted as a person who experiences life heart first. It’s not an easy task and I recognize that as well as anybody, but with the help of God, it becomes a task worth pursuing.
As I look out at the world, the one that is way too big and out of control for me to feel at all effective, I realize that it may well be too big for me, but the One who started it all, has to rely on the little lights He has in the world to help make a difference. He has to rely on you and me. As the world gets darker, we are more needed than ever. Our hearts are soft and pliable because that’s the way God made us and He did so because He can use a soft heart to do His work. He can’t do much with a hard heart. Your heart matters to Him. In Proverbs 4:23 we read that it is important to protect the heart because from it comes the wellspring of life or another translation says, guard your heart for everything else flows from it.
I come to you today to encourage you to throw your light around. In fact, let your heart become so big and your faith become so much bigger that today you can do some of the biggest things you’ve ever done. Is it possible? After all, you’re just one you…but one you fortified with a big, soft heart, can change the world. Please consider what you can do, wherever you are today to shine a light on others and share from a heart that is willingly and lovingly shaped by God’s hand. You can make a difference. You DO make a difference!
Don’t be afraid! Every time angels in the Bible appeared, they usually said something like, “Have no fear!” My friends, you don’t need to have fear that the world is big and crazy. You have a source of power like no other and it is BIG! Reach out! Stand up! Love your neighbor as yourself and God will bless you. A heart-shaped life is always driven by a heart-shaped faith, and your faith is a gift from God. Put it on a lampstand and let it shine!
Sending you all big love today!