Last week during my Praying Through Proverbs prayer time, I was struck with a verse I am still mulling over:
“Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
is like taking someone’s coat
in cold weather
or pouring vinegar in a wound.”
Proverbs 25:20 NLT
I like to think I’m an optimistic person that strives to be an encouragement to others. And this verse has left me conflicted because I want to be able to lighten a heavy heart with cheer. I want to be able to praise through the sorrow. I want those I love to know you can find joy in all things and would love to help them with that discovery.
How else am I supposed to encourage others when they’re down if I can’t show them the bright side?
But no matter how I look at it — doesn’t matter if I believe God made me this way for a reason. One thing is certain:
That is not my calling.
And I know it isn’t yours, either.
We’re not called to fix it. God doesn’t require I make it all better. We’re not called to heal hurt. We’re not called to have all the answers. That’s not our job. That’s His. But Christ has told us clearly what our job is in the grand scheme of His grace:
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:37-39 NIV
We’re simply called to love.
My job is to love you.
Right where you are.
Friends, when you are down and out, I will meet you there. I will leave my joy at the door and cry with you in the dark. I will listen with empathetic ears. And I will pray for you until you’re ready to see the light of grace.
If you’ll let me, friend.
For love isn’t always cheerful. And maybe in showing you the love you need for the moment you’re in, you will be encouraged. Maybe you’ll see Christ in a brand new way through me.
That’s something I can strive for. It’s how God made me to be, after all.
Yes, I like to think I’m an optimistic person. One who strives to show the love I’ve found in my Redeemer. That is my calling. And something I intend to do.
How about you? How do you show Christ’s love to a person with a heavy heart? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
This post is linked up to Word-Filled Wednesdays
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