I’ve been eating walnuts this week. Some walnuts are easy to crack. Sometimes I feel like I am one of those walnuts hard to crack open.  

During a group discussion recently, the question came up, “What do you need in order to be happy?” I answered, “Creativity.” As soon as the words came out of my mouth, they didn’t sound convincing to my ears. A more honest answer would have been, “To love and to be loved,” but I was too chicken to say it.

Why is it so difficult to share what is in our hearts? I think of the woman who anointed Jesus.

And while He was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. (Mark 14:3).”

This woman loved extravagantly.

Lord, break open the hard shell around our hearts and set us free to love You extravagantly!