02 February 2019

Desperado ~ You’re A Hard One

Greetings Dear Reader, 

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
But I know that you got your reasons

We all have reasons why when we resist love from others.  It may be that we have been hurt once too often.  It could be that that we are angry or bitter about the past.  For, we may have seen too much or been through too much.  We all have our reasons why we are hard and ride fences.

The thing we rarely see is that we are not thinking well.  We have taken leave of our senses when we resist love.  It does not work.  Being hard-hearted only damages us over the long haul.  I can tell when someone has hardened his or her heart.  It is always wrong.  It is not that the pain is invalid or the damage is not real.  It is that the only thing that heals is love.

We think that we can resist love but the resistance does more damage.  The hardness hurts us.  It grinds away at our being until we become convinced that our hardness is normal.  Our reasons that are lies become reasonable to us.  We do terrible things to each other in order to protect our fences, walls, and barriers.  Things that should feel good to us cause pain.

We cannot be hard and survive even though we became hard to do so.  That hardness is not armor.  It is an iron mask that hides who we really are.  It does not want love.  It cannot survive the presence of real love.  The things that guard our heart are crushed by genuine love.  Yet we choose to remain angry, bitter, and hard toward those we are supposed to allow to love us. 

I have no challenge here Dear Reader except to ask that you examine the hard places in your heart and ponder their value.  Look at the things that keep you out riding fences and ask if they are honestly reasonable.  Are they healthy?  Do they make you a better human; a better Christ follower?  

I know that mine do not.  I have my reasons for the fences I ride and the hard places in my heart.  They all become invalid in the light of honest love.  It then comes to me to choose if I am going to remain hard and solitary or if I am going to allow love to heal me.  More on this tomorrow.     

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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