Living with heart and vulnerability is an act of courage. Some would argue that living with your heart fully engaged, fully invested, and fully in play is costly, reckless, and dangerous.

I agree.

But to live with your heart withheld is also costly.

There’s no living without paying prices. Give your heart; there are prices. Hide your heart and other prices are exacted. So, let’s examine prices that living with heart requires. Just to be clear about it.

Whenever you care about anyone and anything, you invest some of yourself. The more deeply you care, the more of yourself you invest

C.S Lewis writes “Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one…”

To live and lead with courage is to love so much that your heart is vulnerable to being “wrung and possibly broken.” And yet, when your heart is wrung or broken you can choose to keep it engaged.

Silencing your survival instincts, trusting God to heal and strengthen your heart, you keep giving yourself – fully – to your life.

This is no small matter. If it were, the world would be full of powerfully courageous leaders.

Imagine if the Church was a gathering place, an equipping place, and a sending place for leaders like this.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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