For we are the product of His hand, heaven's poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago. (The Voice)
The created heart is never your enemy, but instead is like a building that holds the contents of the real you formed at conception - your authentic and individual self. Your heart comes alive when you are doing what you were created to do, making it silly for you to try to be someone you are not. ~Christa Black Gifford, Heart Made Whole
Take a moment to reflect upon the way you were as a child. What type of personality did you display? What activities did you enjoy the most? Were your interests and passions encouraged, or were they thwarted by those closest to you? As an adult, are you pursuing the things which make your heart sing as a youth, or are you simply going through the motions of living, afraid to follow the passionate path your heart longs to take?
Chances are, if you are not living out the dreams and delights you once treasured as a child, somewhere along the line, you've encountered "heart trauma." As author, Christa Black Gifford, in Chapter Two of her book, Heart Made Whole, describes it: " . . . trauma is any place in your heart where your pain stays greater than your joy."
Ouch! I don't know if that's true for you, but I do know that for too many long-suffering years, this is my story. My people-pleasing obsession, coupled with an overly sensitive nature, forces me to forego the desires of my true heart, the one upon which heaven's poetry is etched, to do, instead, what I perceive as my duty and obligation.
It is a death trap; a whirling vortex spinning me further and further away from the person God has created me to be. My heart is fast becoming my own worst enemy.
Until . . .
The day Jesus touches it.
And I realize, slowly and incrementally, that my life is not about pleasing people, it is about pleasing God. I am made in His image to accomplish the good works He intends for me, and me alone. And the desires of my heart, long denied, begin to grow and flourish beyond even my wildest of dreams.
God mends this broken heart and makes it whole.
As Gifford confirms, "When your heart is made whole, your truest identity joins together with the spiritual reality of who God created you to be."
For the next seven weeks, I will be joining Jason Stasyszen and Sarah Salter, along with other Christian bloggers, in a discussion of Christ Black Gifford's book, Heart Made Whole - Turning Your Unhealed Pain into Your Greatest Strength. Please join us as we read a chapter a week and post our thoughts every Wednesday.