Monday, June 11, 2012

Shattered Glass Hearts

Hello Beautiful

Last weekend I went to see the movie “Snow White and the Huntsman”. A movie that makes good references to a familiar tale while displaying the advances of modern cinematography.  While the plot may not be as complex as some of today’s blockbusters, it delivers a clear and focused message.  At the climax of the movie the heroine, Snow White declares to Ravenna, the antagonist, “You cannot have my heart.”  Admittedly a part of me stirred when I heard this line.  Annoyed that such a simple sentence could move me, I began to analyze the message of the film.

All around us there are forces after our hearts.  Jobs wanting our effort.  Romantic interest desiring our affection.  Friends seeking our love. Hobbies requiring our passion.  Constantly we are bombarded with opportunities to invest ourselves into others.  It is a wondrous ideal to affect another our own hearts.  But we must tread cautiously because just as easily as we may be recruited to give ourselves, we may also be returned broken.

The plan for your life was never meant to include having your heart shattered like glass on the floor of your life.  Leaving you to sweep up the fragments; attempting to piece together your life giving organ with minimal scaring.  Absurd are the notions we maintain that we cannot be hurt by the scenarios that surround us.  Yet continually we allow others to play with our heart like a child learning to juggle.

Perhaps instead of being so flippant with our heart we should ferociously battle to defend it; allowing it to be a prize earned only by the most deserving of warriors.  Proverbs 23:26 says:

O my son, give me your heart.
May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

How gracious is the one who has engaged in the ultimate self-sacrificing war so that He may hold and guard our hearts for us.  The Proverbs continues on to warn of obvious troubles of the writers culture.  But it is implying something much deeper.  There are many things in our world that look appealing, but in the end they will let you down.  Stand up for yourself and say, “You cannot have my heart.”  Hold yourself and those seeking a part of you to a higher standard.  Not a level of average, reckless, or careless. But the elevated stature of “You are Beautiful.”

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