All of life must be grown into. Emotional and Mental muscles must be developed and strengthened through use. We call them habits but what is a habit really. It is the development through use of an emotional or mental ability.
We choose to accept the gift of care from another. In return we have learned how it feels to be cared for. The choice is now available to choose to bestow the care you enjoyed on someone else. The process sounds so simple, something we do every day. Yet how many have grown up in homes where no one had a concern for them or offered them a caring thought. A Child now an adult has yet to experience their first caring act.
I want to live unafraid with my heart wide open. I want to see the beauty in everyone with eyes wide open and filled with understanding. I hold out my hands to the world filled with all the good they can hold. If I fail to do all the good I can by closing myself off to those around me my ability to do good will atrophy and die. Unable to love, feel or live I rust. Just as arms and legs must move to maintain strength so my heart and mind must receive love and give love or they too will degenerate, losing the ability to love.
We cheat ourselves from so much good through fear of being short changed or used. So what! Bring it on! Living life means you will experience the bad right along with the good. The Father know exactly what experiences are needed by each of us.
Fearing someone will misuse or abuse the love I hold in an open hand to the world is not living well. Choosing to do my best for each person regardless how they accept or reject my good intentions, this is living well. I will pass this way but once. My intention is to do good, to bless, to bring healing to the broken. The outcome I choose to leave with my Father.