“Without realizing it, we often carry something around with us everywhere we go. We bring it out in our conversations and it shows up in our attitudes. It never really existed, yet it’s power lives among us and keeps us from moving forward.” Author unknown.
A look, an act of omission, choosing to remove oneself, and the very lines on our face can tell more than many of us would like to admit about the condition of our heart. We blindly believe that we can move through our days and function without others realizing that we are silently suffering on the inside. Our behaviors give away and cry out to others what our prideful selves refuse to do.
In these moments, if not careful we can hurt others in so many ways. We push others away and build walls around our hearts. We seal off our emotions as if they were a hazardous material that no one should touch. In reality, we have been hurt so deeply that we would rather suffer in solitude than allow anyone else into our world that may hurt us again.
Do we really want to spend our lives pushing others away?
Do we realize what we are doing to others by ‘protecting’ ourselves?
We are leading others down the same dark path as we assume our defensive posture. We cannot continue nor allow others to suffer alone. We must not let these brothers or sisters think that no one cares for them. They are carrying a sign around their neck that is printed in bold letters “HELP ME!”
Will we as leaders, friends, and believers take the time to speak words of comfort?
Will we take the time to listen to them?
Will we take the time to care?
Will we shine His light into their darkness?
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
For if we don’t take the time we may live with the regret of the results of their collateral damage, their wasted lives, or the memories of what we should have done to try to help.
Would we want to be treated as they are being treated? Don’t we realize that their behaviors are a cry for help? Who will help them? As leaders we cannot ignore their silent cries that says more than words can ever say.
We cannot ignore them no more than a person hanging from a fiery window screaming for help. Those that we know who carry these burdens are trapped at a fiery window and only those in their fellowship, those closest to them, will be able to make the rescue if they act in time.
Take the time to share Jesus with them. Be the brother or sister that they need when the call comes in. Don’t wait, respond and make the greatest rescue: The rescue of a broken heart.
Andy J. Starnes