I am a hugger. I not only hug my honey, but also pretty shoes, and good books. Yet, when I saw strangers coming toward me with arms extended, my muscles tensed in anticipation. I could tell that the fibers were deciding should they become as hard as steel and prepare me for the emotional impact? Or should they become soft and welcoming? My heart beat faster sending adrenaline to my brain and warmth to my face.
My body language portrays if this is friend or foe. I either stick both hands deep into my pockets, extend my hand, or something in between. If I know you and you are a trustworthy friend or family member—I embrace.
People, advice, and things to do are swiftly coming toward us daily and begging for our embrace. However, embrace is more than a simple, cultural gesture. To truly embrace is to hold, accept, or support.
There is power in the embrace. What I embrace will either keep me stable, successful and strong, or confused and weak.
I sometimes tend to embrace the familiar, even when it’s killing me, or reject the uncomfortable, and you may as well. It’s time to evaluate what we hold to us and what we affirm—and why. And then decide if we want to continue the hug! Hugs turn into relationships that help create a path on which we live and write our story.
Jim Stowall, in speaking to an author’s group, said that if someone doesn’t have what you would like to own or have achieved, then don’t ask for their advice.
Now that is wisdom. And wisdom is worthy of embrace, whether it is easy or not.
This year I am praying for discernment and wisdom and the strength to embrace that path. Care to join me? Open your arms, it’s going to be one heaven of a ride!
“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you” (Proverbs 4:5-8 NLT).