Heart of the Play

In the play of our life our heart is mostly hidden, but it’s the most vulnerable actor on the stage.  We’re smart to protect our hearts.  Why should we risk getting it hurt?  Sometimes though we have to reveal what’s in our heart from time to time.  Most often to receive the relief it brings to finally unburden ourselves.

In Judaism and Christianity the word “heart” represents the core of a person.  We expose who we are when we open our heart to someone.  Can we trust that other person with our heart?  They might be appealing, attractive or charismatic enough to persuade us to.  We can be right about them or we can be wrong about them.

We tend to pick the wrong people to trust when we’re young.  We’re hungry for love and friendships but very unwise.  You get older you learn who you can trust.  It takes experience before you can find those people.

In the play, The Time of Your Life, by William Saroyan, the main character, Joe, is open-hearted to an unbelievable degree; also quick-tempered.  He’s wise and tough, generous and hard to figure out.  In the first scene Joe looks for best friend Tom, but doesn’t see him.  Tension builds, then Tom suddenly walks through the door.

Joe tells Tom sternly, “I want you to be around when I need you.”

“I won’t do it again,” Tom says.  Joe saved his life once and he owed Joe, not forever, but at that point in the time of his life.

At one point in my life I turned my life over to God.  When you hear someone say, “I gave my life to God,” it comes across as a cliche.  If somebody you know suggests that you “Give your life to God,” you might shrug, mumble, “Sure, sure,” and just forget it the next moment.  It may not make much impression on you then.

One thing about Jesus that really sticks when you read the New Testament is that he grabbed people’s attention with the sincerity from his heart, and I’ve always found these words of Jesus to be especially powerful:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

 

That’s bold by anyone’s standards.  Yet you can feel his heart in his pleading tone!  He had to know he wasn’t only speaking to those assembled.  He had to know he was speaking to you and me and everyone else.  Historical persons like Jesus know they have the world’s attention, not just for their place and time.  Jesus surely knew his words would reach us today, right here and right now.

I can vouch for Jesus that he’s trustworthy, that he has my back and yours.  But I guess it’s up to you what you do with that.  Please let me know, because I am interested.  May God’s Mercy follow you along your path in all the times of your life!

 

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