Did the title catch your eye? Be sure to buckle as you continue on the rocky path through this blog post. It is my hope that this reaches out to you, my precious readers, and helps you realize how important it is to wear your heart on your sleeve.
Lately, my heart has felt pretty heavy due to the amount of hurt and brokenness that I see dearly loved ones experiencing. I want to reach out, take them by the hand, and pull them from their present circumstances, but that is not always possible. I see so many brothers and sisters searching, and it makes me think that, not long ago, I was in those wandering shoes. Perhaps the struggle is related a damaged relationship, a broken home, the constant rejection, the fear of failure, or the battle with sin. Whatever it is that one is experiencing, they are searching for someone…anyone… to help. I had a friend tell me one time, “I was on a really hard path and I just wished…hoped… someone would reach out to help me.”
A week ago, I was completely down and out about my circumstances and I was not in the greatest shape to pull myself from them. I remember saying, “Father, I cannot do this, but I am begging that You step in right now.” A few minutes later, I was putting on my jewelry for the day, and I grabbed my bracelet. My friend had it made for me. It has my name on the outside and my favorite verse, Esther 4:14 on the inside. The verse says, “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” (This verse was written to Esther as she saved all the Jewish people. Talk about girl power!) As I glanced down at that bracelet on my wrist, my Father reached down and wrote two beautiful words on my heart, “Jerilyn matters.” You matter. He matters. She matters.
My sweet readers, if you only take away one thing from this post let it be this, you matter. You were created with a purpose that only you can fulfill and perhaps it is through you that someone else’s life is spared, saved, and altered. Each of us were equipped with different gifts, tools, and strengths in order to be used of the Father. Perhaps it is you who the Father will use to bring that one person, who is unable to be reached by anyone else, to Him. All He asks us to do is to be sensitive to His calling and His moving in our lives. 2 Timothy 1:5 shows how one’s faith impacted three generations, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” Lois, Eunice, and Timothy mattered. It was through them that faith continued. Do not forget that your impact is much larger than you may ever be able to comprehend.
Show me your heart
You may have a heart that is so broken or wounded, far beyond anything you have ever seen. If that is you, I am so sorry and I wish you nothing but God’s grace and healing. No matter what has been done to you, I am sure of one thing, the Father takes all of those trying times and he uses them. Now, let me clarify: not all things are good, but God USES them for your good as well as the good of the Kingdom. Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
Calling all brothers and sisters! Take that heart that is being shaped, and allow Him to use it to love and minister. There are so many hurting people who desperately need you. We are called to love with a passion for people, especially those who will never give anything in return.
May we be kind, but beyond that, may we love the least of these. Perhaps you feel as though your heart is too much like stone from the pains you have experienced to love large. If that is the case, my sweet Jesus says in Ezekiel 36:26, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” May we allow Him to use our hearts to reach out to the hurting and to help them on the journey to an eternal hope and comfort that only the Father can provide.