I never knew my heart was worth cherishing (aside from its physical worth) until my mid-20s. People would tell me, “You have a beautiful heart,” or ” You have a big heart.” I never really understood what they meant and just thanked them. Then I’d come home to Daniel and inquire about what this meant, haha. I realized that people have different hearts- a harden one, one that’s wore on their sleeve, a kind-loving heart, a selfish heart, etc. With this known, I was glad to be characterized this way. I will take it! Since then, I have been blessed to meet people who become friends or close acquaintances who know my heart. I don’t go and serve it on a platter for all to know, but based on my actions and words, they discover it. Because my heart makes up a big portion of who I am, this makes me happy because I am appreciated for who I am. Now, this is all great… until, I meet someone who doesn’t know my heart and wants to make statements about me contrary to it. The other day, I emailed a former friend well wishes on the eve of her wedding. Yes- maybe it was random and out of the blue, but it was on my heart to do it, so I did. I’m not sure how the recipient of the email felt, but I know her friends thought it was malicious of me to do such a thing. Instead of internalizing their distorted view and accusation of me, I immediately knew it was far from the truth. Then it dawned on me, it’s during these moments that I appreciate the significant people in my life who would instantly defend my motives because they know my heart. It gave me a sense of peace and affirmation that I didn’t feel like I had to prove anything to these individuals.
Do you have people in your life who know your heart? Cherish them! They will encourage you to “grow into yourself” because your heart is the core of who you are.