On arrival I had a real ‘Oh no’ moment as I read the message which said
‘You’ve left your heart at home!’
Someone I know was getting married and a group of us were asked to provide a message on a heart for the happy couple and these would be combined and then shared with them on their wedding day.
I had realized earlier on that day that my heart message needed to be ready for that evening. Tracey had made a beautiful heart and then I had only gone and forgotten it!
I was reflecting on this recently following a situation where I had felt that I had made the right choice. As I prayed about this later though, I remembered the message ‘You’ve left your heart at home’.
It’s so easy to lose our heart and compassion in the world. Too often we make decisions purely based on rationality and business principles when God calls us to be a people of love.
I was thinking about the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus with a group of students recently. Jesus had every right to be judgmental, Zacchaeus had got rich by cheating and overcharging people and Jesus’ compassion for the poor could have led to Zacchaeus being put very firmly in his place. Instead Jesus showed compassion and as a result Zacchaeus was changed and he offered to put things right with people he had cheated.
Rationality and justice demanded discipline and harsh words but Jesus hadn’t left his heart at home and as a result God’s grace saved Zacchaeus and put things right with those he had cheated.
Where is your heart?
Where does compassion and grace fit into your decision making?
Are there choices and situations that we need to go and put right because we had left our heart at home?
Do we love the Lord with all our hearts or do we have a purely rational relationship with him?
You can read more about Zacchaeus and Jesus in The one where Jesus did something outrageous and shocking