Hiding your heart can be a very lonely thing. Whether from hurt, unforgiveness, anger, or comparison, we all reach that place in our lives where we begin to tuck away our hearts, our emotions, and our dreams, revealing only what we believe others want to see. We lock our hearts in the coffin of our selfishness and believe that we're truly protecting it from any future hurt or pain. We tie the key around our neck and we tell ourselves, well, things wouldn't have worked out anyways. Ah... but what if they did? Could we perhaps not be so much afraid of the possible failures in our future as much as we are our own potential?
The world desperately needs what you have to offer. You are the only one that represents the heart of God the way you do and you cannot let fear or comfortability keep you from discovering the potential that lies within you. There are dreams and desires that have laid dormant for months, years, even decades and your heart will never let you forget about them. We can choose to cut our hearts off, secluding them to harden within us, or we can embrace them and in doing so, we embrace who we truly are.
Opening yourself up to your potential also means opening yourself up to getting hurt and possibly even failing a few times along the way. But the journey is where we live and where we also experience true adventure, beauty, friendship, and love. It's not the ending we're in charge of, but every chapter that leads up to it. So when it comes down to the choice between fear and our hearts, I think we should all have the same decision, "I'll take the heart please."