I recently had the opportunity to be out on the freeway by myself early on a Saturday morning. The traffic was light. The weather was beautiful. It was a good opportunity to crank up the tunes and wail along. So I did.
I was listening to the oldies rock station and suddenly a favorite that I hadn’t heard in quite some time began to play. It was Janis Joplin, a fellow Texan who was passionate and not afraid to let anyone see and feel her passion. She sang about a man, or a series of men, who had taken from her without giving back, or at least without giving back much.
It’s not just men that do that, of course. All people have the potential to do that. Anyone can take a little piece of our hearts, often a piece which we have freely offered. We give these pieces of ourselves away and sometimes we get little or nothing in return. And you know what? That’s okay, as long as we aren’t needing or expecting anything in return. It’s okay as long as we don’t keep giving away little pieces of ourselves until there is nothing left of us. But honestly, do we really want to be tied to someone who only wants a little piece of our heart?
God is different. God doesn’t want a little piece of our heart. God wants all of it. Joel 2:12 says, “Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;”
Repent, turn back, return to God with all your heart. Lay before God all that you are as well as all that you have. Return with fasting by letting go of all the actions and beliefs that come between you and God. Return with weeping and releasing all the things you feel that cut us right to your core. Return with mourning and grieve that which once was but now is gone and will not return. All these things are necessary in order to move on into a new life and into a new and healthy relationship with God, who does not want a little piece of your heart. God wants all your heart and all of you.