I will never forget a former ministry leader who told me that I “wear my heart on my sleeve too much”. My first thoughts were, “just because I wear my heart on my sleeve does not mean that you have the right to intentionally stomp all over it”. I don’t think she realized that she was taking a moment that was purposed for resolution to vindicate her abusive and menacing behavior.
Which brings me to today’s message:
It’s Okay to Cry: Even Warriors & Superheroes Do It
Weeping didn’t take Jesus’s power away. It also was not a sign of weakness or lack of faith. Weeping was simply a natural emotion, a release that was needed at that moment. Below are a few other things that weeping demonstrates:
And the list goes on.
I wear my sensitive, emotional nature with pride (although it’s managed): it’s a true badge of strength from an abuse survivor who once lived numb. My tears, anger, frustration and hurt remind me that I am alive, actively engaged and passionate. Those were things that I once could not say.
(Side Note: one of the reasons “cutters” or “self-mutilators” give for their actions is “they just wanted to feel”. Your tears are signs that you feel.)
So, the next time a moment calls for tears, don’t rush so quickly to wipe them away or paint on a fake smile. Simply let them fall, rest in the moment and remember:
Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
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