….heavy hearts will come home laughing with armloads of blessing.
It’s not hard to find a heavy heart– in an orphanage or prison, on the streets, in homeless shelters, on talk shows or the news… sometimes in less obvious places– staring us in the face every day at work, in line at the grocery store, in apartment complexes and cul-de-sacs…or our family rooms…
While talking with my girlfriends last week about our daughters, we reflected on the importance of bringing life to them. Peace, joy, strength, safety, God-confidence… How to grow and maintain healthy relationships with them. How to impart on them a sense of self worth, a way to tune out the lies, and introduce them to security of Christ in this broken world.
Right after this conversation, I went on my way to a lunch date with several people who fight every day against the devaluing of people. Some work with prostitutes and trafficked women every day… another works with men/women who have sexual addictions that feed into the devaluing of humans. And I recognized immediately that we all have a heavy responsibility to impart worth on all of our fellow travelers. This may look like Linwood House, where parties for prostitutes is a common event. Or it may look like Leadership Design Group, where there is purposeful and encouraging mentorship for young leaders as they are solidifying foundation and forming identity. Or it may look like doma, the nonprofit I just launched– that seeks to intervene early in the lives of young children and families before their needs evolve into crisis situations. (More on doma in the weeks to come!)
On the drive to this meeting, I first heard Bebo Norman’s song, Britney I’m Sorry… and on my trip home, I gave thanks for those who have affirmed me throughout life, and also thought through the times someone has devalued me. — They both stick with you. So many of the obstacles to peace, joy, and stability in the lives of others are caused by our own flippant thoughts/judgments, conversations (or lack thereof), self-centeredness, inaccurate perceptions, or the language and vocabulary we use.
doma seeks to remove obstacles to peace, joy, and stability in the lives of others. And doma recognizes that at times it means evaluating how we potentially devalue. doma invites you on this journey–to evaluate your own life and to see where you can personally remove obstacles to peace, joy, and stability in the lives of others. Whether you are brushing a prostitute’s hair– or whether or you are visiting or feeding an orphaned child. Whether you invite the homeless poor into your home… or whether you are speaking words of life to your children, spouses, friends, or neighbors.
heavy hearts will come home laughing with armloads of blessing— (Ps. 126:4) Together, let’s share joy and peace with those around us.
Britney, I’m sorry for the lies we told
We took you into our arms, then left you cold
Britney, I’m sorry for this cruel, cruel world
We sell the beauty but destroy the girl
Britney, I’m sorry for your broken heart
We stood aside and watched you fall apart
I’m sorry we told you fame would fill you up
And money moves the man, so drink the cup
Britney, I’m sorry for the stones we throw
We tear you down just so we can watch the show
Britney, I’m sorry for the words we say
We point the finger as you fall from grace
Britney, I do believe that love has come
Here for the broken, here for the ones like us