How does a heart express itself when so much emotion tosses and turns inside of it? When you hear of yet another person who doesn’t want to set foot inside of a church because Christians have disappointed them and were hypocritical?*
How does a heart express itself when yet another dear soul chose the path to try to end his own life? You see, yet again, the ripples of that action affecting a whole family.
How does a heart express itself when you see a beautiful girl who has it all inside and outside – doubt herself and her value? How do you GIVE someone else self-esteem?
How does a heart express itself when tears brim near the surface at the pain, injustice and unfairness that is going on in the world today? When people are torturing and killing Christians for no other reason than they are Christians? When people hate Muslims for no other reason than they are Muslim? When parents are afraid to parent because their kids might be the only ones “left out?”
How DOES a heart express itself without seeming to condemn or judge or come across as self-righteous and perfect? What words fit and what actions impact someone to see life in a new light?
How does a heart tell a husband to be a spiritual leader without him feeling pushed into it? How does a heart tell a wife that her man IS greener pastures as imperfect as he may be?
How does a heart tell a teen that sexual impurity will never fill their heart but only rob and strip them of something they wished they’d held onto … forever?
How does a heart convince someone that nothing they did was too awful for God to forgive them?
A heart can feel so much that it can burst at times. It pounds and pulses and throbs with love and yet the words escape because they seem like they will be too much or too little.
I think sometimes, all the heart can do is love and pray. And love and pray. And love and pray some more. And maybe the words will come just at the right time. Not from someone who sees themselves as perfect or who has it all together. But from someone who simply – and – authentically – CARES.
*This article was originally written/published by the author under the title “How Does a Heart Express Itself?”