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The Opportunity To Change Your Heart
In Everything You Do
I love the idea that “everything is an opportunity to change your heart.” It doesn’t matter what. Everything is an invitation to life. To go deeper. To say “yes.” To see the mystery that flows from the divine muse.
We can open up our hands or can clench our fists. It’s up to us how we respond. But the invitation is always there for us to open up our hearts and lungs and let out a glorious word of thanks to the Giver of Life.
Henri Nouwen speaks to this salient truth:
Kairos means opportunity to change your heart. There are as many opportunities to change your heart as there are events that you’re part of. Everything is an opportunity to change your heart—a friend to visit, the museum, whatever, that’s life. Looked upon from below, it’s chronos; I have to survive, and I have to fight my way through it. Looked at from above, it is kairos; it’s the opportunity to change your heart in everything you do. (Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved)
My friend in Cochabamba, Bolivia has a joyful painting hanging in his café that beckons us: Let’s change our hearts for the good! Make some music! Open our hearts and receive the blessings!
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