I once read a quote that said something to the effect of, “The biggest judgment of God on the world comes with the hardening of people’s hearts.”  If we look out at the world with a lens for politics or others who might convince us that having a heart no longer makes sense, then it’s a scary world indeed.  We wonder where the people are who are willing to throw their hearts over the fence first and see where it takes them.  We wonder if anyone remembers the old adage that claims we get further with sugar than we do with vinegar. We might even wonder what happened to the words of Jesus when He advised us to treat others as we would want them to treat us.

For me then, living this life is a heart thing.  Sure, we have a lot of work to do, but allowing bitterness to take root in the soul of humanity, or building more walls to keep us insulated and alone, may not be the best ways to exercise the power that lives in our hearts.  It’s okay to be a soft-hearted person no matter what your position is in society, in your community, or in your home, because that heart of yours is then able to be shaped and molded by the only real power in the universe, the Creator God Himself! Only He can give you a heart strengthened by the wisdom born of love!

Perhaps then our work is not to give in to those who have forgotten the power of kindness and love, but to surrender instead to the One who has been about love right from the beginning.  We don’t have to be theologians or politicians or scientists or rock stars to recognize God’s heart.  We only need to be willing to set our humble hearts at His feet and open the way for Him to lead us to being people who bless each other’s lives.

I encourage you to see if there is any space within your heart today that you might surrender to God’s hand, allowing Him to give you a little more power, fueled by love and grace and mercy and forgiveness…those are the tools of His trade…and yours.  Blessings to all of you, my friends!