Afraid to be heard

We all have thoughts, ideas, promptings. And those of us that don’t can recall them if they try hard enough. Go say hi to her, smile at him, she needs a hug, he needs you to talk to him, I should speak against this, I think I agree with her, maybe I’m not alone, maybe I can make a difference. But how many of us go through with it? If we acted on the Holy Spirit’s promting instead of selfish instinct and peer pressure, what would the world be like? If we listened to our Shepherd instead of the lion seeking to devour us, what could life be like? If we shouted His love from the rooftops instead of screaming hate down each other’s throats, what kind of love would we find? Are you afraid to be heard singing your favorite song in public? Then why are you afraid to be heard talking to a stranger, or smiling at them? So what if they judge you? So what if they think you’re creepy? If you never see them again, well then you at least gave them a smile that will lead to them passing on a smile later just thinking about it. Maybe even asking how they are, even if they lie and tell you they’re doing good, they might think about it later on. Why are we afraid to make a difference? If we mess it up, well, we mess it up. But if we don’t do anything, then we don’t get anywhere! Messes can be cleaned up, but you can’t clean a sidewalk that was never poured. I watched the Disney movie “Lemonade mouth” the other night and it inspired me. I don’t know what part of it exactly brought chills to me, but it did. The friendship through the roughest of times. Failing and then pulling through in the end anyway. It’s not cliche, it’s not fantasy, it can be real. Why do most ideas like that fail after the first shot? Because no one is willing to pull through with it. Perhaps because few have the strength to.

Luke 8:16-17 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.”

Anyone recall the song “This little light of mine”? I was remembering it the other day pondering this… It seems most people calling themselves Christians are hiding their light under a bushel, smothering it… This bushel has many names;

Fear, anger, pride, hatred, pain…

Some think they’re too good to talk to the sad kid in the corner, others are too afraid to say the wrong thing. Some detest the one slandering them with hatred so much they forgot what it means to love, what it means to be the light. Why, after discovering such a light, do we hide it? There are people hurting everywhere, people you know. Are you honestly helping them? Are you truly loving them? Are they seeing the light in you? Do you even see the hurt in them? Are we ignoring the call?

Are you afraid to be heard? Do not hide the light He has placed within you. This world has numbed us to pain by overexposing it. Pain has become a cliche, we all know it’s there, and somewhere in the back of our minds we know it’s real. But most of us live in ignorance of it. A smile like yours can change the world. Don’t hide your smile, with words like yours you could change a life. With love like our God’s, we could change the world. Have we forgotten our call? Yes, we are to live life and be blessed TO BE A BLESSING. What good is surviving in life if you feel dead? These terrible mindsets are the results of love starved lifestyles.

One day, someone smiled at me, and that gave me a new hope. What hope are you giving?

Live and Believe, Love and Hope, Do Everything You Do For His Glory. ~Tori Lynn


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