A Soul Longing For More

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That girl sitting quietly in the corner, mindlessly scrolling through her phone but mindfully scrolling through every thought, every action searching through hope. You’ve been her. So have I.

What got you through your last down season? Odds are, it wasn’t so much a reversed circumstance as much as it was a person, a thought, an idea. In days of darkness, misery holds a choking hand of uncertainty. Gasping for air, we settle for mundane complacency.

In days of cheerfulness, positivity exudes from our inner joy, sometimes held captive in fear of labels of over the top and unrealistic. But we don’t realize the power we have to loosen misery’s grip on another’s daily grind.

Just a simple, “Let me sit with you through this. Tell me what’s going on. Here’s what brings me joy, and maybe it will for you, too,” holds breath-giving abundance. Why do we take captive the joy that’s not ours to keep?

“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”-Matthew 12:34

In the high seasons of your life, giving means nothing. In the low seasons, receiving means everything.

I used to be scared to say yes to God because I thought He’d have me do ridiculous things. And He has, but more frequently, He has me do what I love for who I love. God created you with a specific skillset, a specific heart with specific dreams to love on a specific group of people. Evangelism doesn’t just mean standing on the streets. It means standing on the edge of someone’s fears, taking their hand, and saying, “Me, too!,” followed by, “You’re not alone.”

George Saunders spoke at Syracuse University’s convocation on his life experiences, giving advice to graduates. (See the full speech here.) He said,

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.”

Who in your life do you remember most warmly? What did they do for you? Go do that for someone today.

This week, I’m featuring a series of kindness. People close to my heart using what they love to love on other people in their own unique way. I’ll bet it will give you some great ideas and starting points to examine your own strengths and apply them to kindness along the way, too. Trust me-they are some pretty amazing people!

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    • mkwernet says

      Nicki-SO glad you stopped by. It sure does seem like ridiculous things can later turn into those that impact us the most though, doesn’t it? We can do it:) Sending love your way!!

  1. says

    I’ve been wrestling with God for the last two weeks about saying “Yes” to something I am sure He wants me to do. Luckily, my husband has been very supportive (and hearing God say the same thing), so Friday is going to be a big day in our house. It’s not much that *we* are doing, but I truly feel that God has great plans for our little act of service. Amazing what obedience can bring!

    • mkwernet says

      I have recently been faced with a similar situation in just the past week. I know you’re in the midst of anticipation and worry, but trust me, on the other side of things, you will feel FREE! Thanks for sharing your heart with me!

  2. says

    Love this! I’ve been so cranky lately and feel the joy slipping away. I know I need to show kindness instead of spreading my sour attitude. Thanks so much!

    • mkwernet says

      Thanks for stopping by, Shila! Hope you are able to embrace joy today:)

  3. says

    I think for so many of us it’s that fear that God will ask the ridiculous that keeps us closed off–too afraid to even ask Him what He really might want us to do! It’s hard to get to that place of trust where we really believe that He calls us to it, He will take us through it.

    Thanks for sharing the quote from George Saunders—so powerful!!!

  4. says

    Great post! It’s all about trust, isn’t it? Trust that we are good enough, strong enough, smart enough, etc to handle whatever God asks us to do. And trusting that He will provide whatever we need to accomplish the tasks He asks of us.

    • mkwernet says

      You are so encouraging, Beckey!! Praying we find that trust is a little easier each day:)