An open invite. An open opportunity. An open mind. An open heart. How do you feel when reading these phrases?
I see “open” as a positive word. Some synonyms include spacious, free, clear, accessible, and unburdened. What great words for a new year!

Having an open mind is something that I have learned a lot about over the past several years. For a while I may have been quite the opposite, however God has shown me over and over how beautiful openness can be. It can result in many opportunities and life lessons. It is not easy, but it is worth it.

Over a decade ago, I had a college chosen, a variety of majors and career paths picked, my best game of MASH (anyone remember that from the 90’s?) for my future husband, home, kids, etc. When I hit my first major roadblock in college, I had a good friend tell me, “Be open to what God has for you. It might be nothing like you have planned.” Be open. Be open to a new college. Be open to a different dream job. Be open to job changes at inconvenient times. Be open to meeting new people. Be open to doctor’s diagnoses being wrong. Be open to unknown futures.
For me, the best example of openness is Jesus. He doesn’t close us out when we fail him. He doesn’t shut the door to opportunities for us to grow. He welcomes us. He meets us where we are at—in good or bad places. He opens opportunities for us daily, giving us nothing that we cannot handle without him. Most importantly, he loves us. He stands with open arms and rejoices over us, like the father over his prodigal son.

Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”

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