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Heart on My Sleeve

May 10, 2011

Sometimes I wonder why I’m such an emotional guy.  “I wear my heart on my sleeve” is an understatement.  I mean, why did God create me this way?  Am I meant to feel a lot of emotion so that I can relate to people who are feeling the same things?  Would that turn my sorrow into God’s glory?  I have felt extreme loss, and now I can support others who are experiencing it.  I have experienced the pain of the divorce of my parents, friends who have walked away from Christ, a broken engagement… I have experienced the “dark night of the soul.”  But I have also seen the morning.  I have watched the sun rise and reclaim the darkness.  I have rejoiced in God’s redemption.  I have seen him turn mourning into gladness (Psalm 90:15).  I have felt him slowly take the pain away.  I have experienced his grace and mercy.  He has been – and is – my healer.

Perhaps that is how God turns my emotion into his glory.  Perhaps I’m meant to feel so that he may be glorified through it.  Or maybe it’s not my emotion or healing that glorifies him at all, but the example it displays to others.  My joy glorifies him, but the joy it causes in others also brings about his glory.  My delight in him could bring pleasure to others, which would in turn also pleasure him.  Perhaps he causes my pain in order to influence others, using it to draw them closer to himself.

Emotion for emotion’s sake is worthless.
Emotion surrendered to Christ is gain.

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent.  But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.  To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.

1 Timothy 1:12-17

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth permalink
    May 10, 2011 1:19 pm

    I delight in reading your blog and it brings me great joy…I love you…

  2. Jackie permalink
    May 11, 2011 9:50 pm

    It’s truly amazing the way God works! The sun always comes out after a storm and God always can use our trials for good – for ourselves and for others. Every single thing that happens in life can be used for something wonderful, but we have to make that choice. We don’t have the past we do for nothing, we can learn from it and in return help someone else from the same heartache or through the same heartache.

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