What’s the difference between our hearts and a slab of concrete? Really there isn’t much difference. Our hearts are made up of what we truly believe. In our hearts lie our true convictions. It’s important to realize that we are not born with a heart; we are only born with the capacity to have a heart, and to build a heart. Of course I am not referring to the heart beating in our chests, but I am speaking of the one that is a part of our minds. It’s the place that says, “Hey no one can tell me that the sky isn’t blue, this is what I truly believe.” We build our own hearts, and God has given us the tools and material to do so. We build a heart for that special person. We build a heart and then we share it with that person, similar to building a house and then sharing your house with that person. Ever heard someone say, “I gave you my heart,” essentially they are saying I sacrificed an important and valuable part of myself so that you will have a special place to stay.
Naturally, our hearts house those things that we feel strongly about and consider to be true. Sounds like a relationship right? One thing that we have to understand about a heart is that it is easily broken. Our hearts are a part of our minds and we know that our minds are powerful. Let’s say we have built a heart for someone, meaning we have built something to house our truths about them along with our strong feelings towards them. Now what if something happens where what we believed to be true really isn’t true. This can happen if someone has lied or has done something not becoming of their character. Our hearts say, “Well, my only duty was to be a house to guard your truth, but now since the truth is not really the truth then what do I have to guard?” After this discourse, our heart we have built for this specific purpose of guarding and storing this specific truth is no longer needed and it expires itself. It cracks and crumbles; it breaks.
I had a summer job a while ago laying concrete slabs and breaking and removing concrete. The correlation that I saw was that laying concrete is easy. It’s the breaking up of concrete and removing that is hard. This kind of work will definitely cause you to perspire. The same is true for our hearts. It is easy falling for someone, but it is hard to break up with them and extremely hard to remove them from our thoughts. Also this kind of work will cause our souls to perspire in the form of tears. The eyes are the windows of the soul, and this is true. Tears are a form of purging the soul. A broken heart is simply a broken mind-set. What we had our minds set on as being true has since been broken by the impact of falsified truth. How is a broken heart or a broken mind-set mended? It all depends on the attitude towards the work. We can either work to pick up the shattered pieces diligently in forgiveness and move on to the next job or we can remove the old pieces and lay down a fresh slab. However, we don’t want to feel like the victim. There were times when working I could’ve said, “What is my boss thinking making us remove this heavy concrete in this heat?” We can say, “What were they thinking doing this to me!” The best way to get through work is to have a positive attitude no matter the justification and the pain.
*If you find this interesting I have a book coming out that will expound on this subject more*