These words to paint a picture of someone giving ‘them-self’ to the situation & I think that’s a significant statement for each of us as we run our daily lives, businesses, families etc. In the context of the carol, the lyricist is saying something like, “Is there really anything I can give in this situation? Yes! I can give my heart (myself)”
I think we call that authenticity today.
I think most of us have met insincerity at some stage in our lives. Sometimes it’s blatant; as plain as our hand in front of our face. But even if it isn’t obvious I think we can ‘smell’ the rat when it presents itself. Once we’ve experienced insincerity it’s very difficult to get rid of the taste; it affects us whenever we meet the people who have been insincere & it often taints the links they have.
The reverse is that when we put our ‘heart’ into something we are usually motivated & want the best from what we do … and others see that and I think, appreciate it, primarily because it builds trust, not destroys it. Closely linked to sincerity is integrity; there is a consistency between what we say & what we deliver. If we’re not convinced about something we’re doing, others will very rapidly see that & we won’t be able to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to what we’re doing. The converse is also true; if we do put ‘our heart & soul’ into something people are drawn-in & motivated AND we are able to commit ourself to whatever we’re doing even when the chips are down or nothing positive seems to be happening.
In the process we motivate ourselves, inspire others & gain a real sense of achievement when our efforts start to bear fruit, whether immediately or in the long haul and that is very rewarding & a great place to be.
Until next time