Oftentimes the intent of a statement can be determined not only by the words that are spoken but also HOW the statement is presented. Recently there was such an example. It was a statement made of one of the presidential candidates and it was presented as an insult. But, to hear it, and more than that, to really think about it, it might be an “insult” we should all be glad to receive. I’m not going to tell you who the statement was about (though if you searched online it would be easy enough to find out) but I will share what was said. This particular person has been accused of having “too big of a heart.”
Now, to be sure, it is possible to make poor decisions because you only used your heart and not your head. But, that is not the same as having too big of a heart. I would suggest that it is not possible to have “too big of a heart.” It just means that you have more work to do because you have to make sure your mind is up for the challenge that your big heart is going to bring.
Soon we will be celebrating the birth of someone who was eventually put to death because he was accused, in essence, of having too big a heart.
This is what happens when your heart gets “too big” – you look on people with compassion and mercy instead of judgment and condemnation. And, maybe the solutions to the problems you see are much more complicated than we would want them to be (undoubtedly the solutions are very complicated because human beings are complicated) but, nothing at all will happen if we walk around with “small hearts.”
I heard a very tangible example recently of putting this into action. The story was of a single-mother of three who did not have a washing machine in her home. She was washing her family’s clothes in the kitchen sink. Well, a local ethanol plant was collecting toys for children in need and happened to learn of this woman’s plight. They decided to take that extra step and provide for this family’s need as well. So, today a brand new washing machine was installed in her home!
Again, while the solutions to many of life’s struggles certainly can be complicated, it isn’t complicated at all to have a heart that cares about others.
Enjoy this season as we celebrate the birth of the One who shows us what it means to have a big heart for the whole world.