The other day a facebook friend posted a photo of his granddaughter with the caption:
My funny little Valentine.
In the comment box beneath it was a response from his teenage daughter:
Cool. I thought I was your valentine.
In answer to his daughter’s comment, my friend entered the following beautiful words:
Big hearts have room.
While I am confident the teenage daughter’s quip was merely meant as a teasing jab at her dad, I am also confident that her father’s reply was one penned in total honesty. Big hearts have room for big love – a love that is strong enough to cover a multitude of people.
There’s no doubt in my mind that my friend is a man who loves big. A man who has a father’s heart for more folks than just the ones who call him “Dad” or “Papa.” He travels the globe and posts photos and stories of people who are carried in his big heart, covered by his big prayers, and clothed with a love that is massive. Indeed, it seems the more my friend’s heart is stretched by his ever-growing family and his extended travels, the more his heart expands to contain a love that continues to grow. A love that enlarges to cover each person whom it encounters.
Because big hearts have room.
Big hearts with eyes to see beyond themselves and their immediate family have room to grow, while small hearts focused on self or with vision for just a few, tend to contract and confine the love that is within. Small hearts hold tightly to a love which they fear losing, clinging to insecurities and smothering the expansion that should come naturally. Small hearts hold love too tightly, chaining it to themselves, confining and restricting its growth.
These words found in Isaiah 54:2-3 are a beautiful portrayal of the potential that comes with purposefully choosing to love with a big heart:
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations and make the desolated cities inhabited.
A heart that is stretched to love without limits is sign of a life enlarged to cover and bless the multitudes.
It is a love that will erect the beautiful where it was once barren and desolate. A love that brings hope to lives left in ruins. A love that encompasses and includes the brokenhearted and lonely. The hurt. The rejected. The fatherless. The abandoned… all while still loving the spouse, the son, the daughter, the grandchild.
There’s no need to fear a shortage from the one who loves BIG because true love only multiplies the more it is given.
So grow your heart big. Fill it with blessing and favor. Then fling that love wide with arms that are open to enfold everyone who passes by.