What’s the difference between someone whose being polite… and someone we want to suddenly give a hug ?
Why do some movies or songs make us start to cry ?
How does a six-year old’s crumpled-up crazy, crayon creation get a frame and spot of art-honor in the living room?
Why do meals made at home taste so much better ?
Why is it when we travel too long or wander too far…. nothing but returning to our homes and families will make us happy?
I believe all of the above are ‘heart-felt’ examples of life.
The intangibles are difficult to describe, but ‘Heart-Felt” is an immensely important part of being a Christ-follower.
We’re all drawn to the ‘authentic’ emotion and inner truth we sense in someone or something that’s genuine and true.
We crave the original uniqueness of a ‘real’ person or home-made meal. We stand in line for hours to hear or see a movie or catch an artist that really “connects” with us … and we’re all starving for food that tastes just like ‘moms’!
As a parent, I’m constantly reminded of how important it is for me to share my life authentically with my kids. Not acting as a peer to my teens, but opening up appropriately about the day-to-day, real – life struggles of adulthood, ministry and marriage.
In that dialogue… let’s be sure to include our faith and how God meets our every need along the way.
I believe it’s the honest and true expression of a real-life faith that will connect with our kids. They don’t need us to be perfect parents, just real and ‘heart-felt’.
Peace and Grace to you,