I believe the reason why people stay guarded is the fear of being hurt again.
Sometimes I feel that I’ve found away past all the drama and the heartbreak- stay closed up.
Put all that is important to me in a fire-proof and water-proof safe, bolted to the center of my heart- where no one can get to it.
It’s really quite selfish.
As C.S. Lewis says,
“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements;lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change.
It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation.
The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”
to love at all is to be vulnerable… is one of my favorite quotes.
It’s because I need to be reminded of it constantly.
Was not Jesus completely and utterly vulnerable as He hung upon the cross to bear my sins?
An enigma to many.
Rejected by most of society.
But He radically changes the lives of those who choose to live in the light of His sacrifice.
Maybe the areas where we feel most slippery, weak, and inadequate in,
are the places and spaces where He chooses to work? That’s where awesome things happen!
But how will I ever get there if I am too busy guarding my heart from rejection?