If you’re afraid of opening your heart, be courageous!

A closed heart never grows into a big heart. A closed heart suffers alone but an open heart flourishes with joyful and inspiring insights.

Life is a mixture of pain and joy. When you close your heart to pain, you also close it to joy. Trying to protect yourself from having a caring heart is like trying to protect yourself from the oxygen in the air.

When you sit down and have an open, one-to-one conversation with anyone on the planet, you discover that they’re a lot like you. Human differences are paltry. Human similarities are profound.

If you’re afraid of opening up your heart, be courageous. Open your heart like an unfolding flower and you’ll experience the warmth of being human. Closed hearts are stagnant and need to open up to fresh air.

Love that last requires a heart that refuses to be shut down by pain. A closed heart stays overcrowded with worries, pain, and anxiety, because it has no outlets. When we hear a person’s words but don’t hear their heart, we mistakenly believe that we’ve listened to them.

An open heart allows love to freely flow. A closed heart shuts it down. When we open our heart, we forget about self and begin to flow with growing compassion for others. An open heart loses its self-focus in the joy of encouraging others.

When you open your heart to understanding, you’ll begin to know more than you can ever figure out with your mind. A broken heart is like a broken coconut shell. It gives you free access to the milk of life.

You weren’t created to be a secret agent. Bond! Open your heart and bond with other people. Pride is the greatest obstacle to an open heart. You control the door to your heart. No one can open it without your permission.

Have an adventure today. Find someone you think is different than you and listen to them with an open heart. A closed heart tries to hide itself from hurt, but an open heart gives hurt no place to hide.

People who are courageous enough to open their heart find that other people will follow their lead. A tender, open heart is the greatest treasure there is. It’s the pearl of great price. A hard heart and a hard conscience make for a hard life.

Open your heart and people will follow. Compassion is contagious. A closed heart is a blind heart. If you train your heart to stay open to people, compassion will continually flow from within you. Trying to protect your heart by keeping it closed is like trying to protect your phone by keeping it shut down.

Closing your heart minimizes your capacity to care and imprisons you behind the cold, hard bars of hurt, anger, and resentment. A closed heart is easily deceived by desires and feelings. It is continually alienated from true self-awareness. The more you let your heart care, the more of life’s joy you will share.

Live trees dance with the wind. Dead trees resist it ’til it breaks them. Take a chance and let your heart flow with joyful dancing. To truly experience inner harmony, you need to train your heart to sing on key. A closed heart is deficient in joy receptors.

When you close your heart in response to pain, you don’t heal it; you lock it in. When you let pain shut down your heart, temporary pain becomes permanent bitterness.

People connect when they’re honest about their brokenness. They collide when they protect their pride. If you listen without analysis or defensiveness, you’ll soon begin to hear someone’s heart. The shortest distance between two conflicting viewpoints is an open heart willing to see both sides. Closed hearts collide. Open hearts connect.

An open heart so overflows with light that there’s no place for darkness to hide. A closed heart has accepted being fake and doesn’t want anybody to shake it up or wake it up.

The more you analyze people, the less you are able to connect with them heart-to-heart. When love is kept shut up in the heart, it fossilizes. Freely show and express it!

When a broken heart collapses inwardly, it withers in pain. When it opens up, it heals and connects with other human hearts. A closed heart stays ensnared in its own feelings and desires.

When you open your heart to people, you discover that they are truly amazing. A closed heart projects fantasies onto people. An open heart wants to hear what people think and feel. It learns to see thru other people’s eyes and hear thru their ears.

A closed heart has learned to encounter people superficially and to ignore their needs and concerns. Your heart doesn’t need to be protected from transparency and trust. Those are the things that heal it! When walls are welcomed by the mind, they soon surround the heart.

Rigid thinking and a closed heart will create much misunderstanding and conflict in your life. The more you close and hide your heart the more you’ll open up to lying and dishonesty.

Unity doesn’t come from agreement or logic. It happens when people open their heart to care about one another.

A closed heart blocks out God’s whisperings. It falsely believes that He’s not speaking. A closed heart in unaware of miracles.

A closed heart is blind
And can easily find
Excuses to be unkind.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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