They say our hearts are about the size of our fists. Looking down at my fist, I realize how small a heart can be and yet it is vital to life, to being alive.
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT)
In another version, the heart is called the “wellspring of life” meaning it is the starting point of everything else in life. Our hearts are the source of all our creativity, courage and conviction.
All that I am is residing right there in something as small as my fist.
In order to make a fist, we must clench our hand tightly closed. Positioned as such, nothing can either enter or leave my fist. I am stuck with what is enclosed in the center of my fist.
How often do we live with our fists clenched? We hold onto insecurity, anger, jealousy and resentment.
Yet Christ calls us to live another way – open hands. Open hearts.
It is then our hearts can be filled with gratitude …
Gratitude >> “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” (as per google)
Interestingly, it has nothing to do with what one possesses or not. It is an appreciation, an expression for kindness received. Our God is kind to us each day – with each breath we take in, the sun rising, the wind we can feel on our face, the comforting sound of rain.
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7, NLT)
Our hearts may be small but may they be large on gratitude.
What are you grateful for today?