What’s the difference between someone who’s 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.’
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