The Grinch plays out a story that applies to us all. A scenario that may be more recent in your life or one that you’ve swept under the rug. The toll that life can take on our hearts comes in all shapes and sizes. That toll can shrink our fist-sized heart to become even more small.
When we allow for life to batter the heart, it seems that our instinct is to recluse from it all. Find the loneliest cave, at the highest mountaintop, idolizing the idea that nothing can reach your heart, ever at all.
Today’s world is consumed with heart hurt. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually, our hearts are under attack. Though a complex matter to unpack, heart hurt is relatable to each of us. That is a fact.
My 8-year-old experiences heartache when she finds herself in a tiff with her friends.
Students of all ages come to me with troubled hearts over hurt happening in their families.
An uncle or a friend who recently experienced a sudden heart attack.
The painful breaking that happens when a cherished relationship loses its tact.
Is this hurt of the heart something we can combat?
It wasn’t until I channeled my inner Cindy Lou Who that I found a simple treasure we all know to be true. A simple connection can do the heart good. A simple connection is all that’s needed to change you.
Our resistant friend, The Grinch, felt like everyone else would be better served if he continued to harden his heart.
There is a scripture from the book of Matthew (13:15) that says, “For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes— so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.”
Have you examined your heart lately? Have you taken the time to see if your heart is two sizes too small?
Sometimes I worry if our society intentionally emphasizes a culture that doesn’t prioritize the state of our hearts. The sugar, the desensitizing, the lack of exercise. These are just a few of the outside factors that contribute to the internal matters that tatter and tear up our hearts.
Have you ever considered that a step towards repairing the heart could be as simple as connecting?
Connection is key.
Meeting someone in a coffee shop that compliments what you are wearing.
Talking with an old friend who can relate to how life may be going.
Gleaning wisdom from an elder who survived the very hurt you are experiencing.
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Once you are open to receiving connection, this allows space for even more possibilities to happen. As a result of you softening your heart to the world around you, the good in people picks up on the fact that you are ready to start something new.
Like Cindy Lou Who slowly chipped away at the Grinch, she knew that her consistency in connecting with him would win.
Not only did the Grinch find connection with his precious little friend, by the end of the movie, he had restored his heart health and many of his relationships.
“And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!”
Christ came to connect with you.
Cindy Lou Who reminds me of Jesus throughout the entire movie. A small child, boldly facing a mission, that to most seems undesirable, and daunting. She comes with hope and a goal to share good news. She lives with a heart so full, that it has no choice but to overflow.
Through Cindy Lou Who’s consistency to connect with the Grinch, she truly saves him from a life of contempt.
God can use anyone or anything to make a point. May it be Jesus, Cindy Lou Who, or a story of deliverance from a life in the wilderness. God designed us to connect. The state of our hearts simply can’t live without it.
My dear reader, this week I am praying for your heart to grow in size.
Local Pulse Staff Writer & Holy Moments Columnist, Makenna Curtis