In today’s post, author Mary DeMuth (The Wall Around Your Heart) concludes her discussion of five ways to cultivate a heaven-bent heart that will help us endure relational pain, yet thrive in the aftermath.
4. Let heaven frame your relationships. Mary states that when relationships go sour, such as those related to vocation loss, it isn’t healthy to become grabby and clingy. God has new relationships for us that will enhance and shape this new period of our lives. It is important for us to create closure in our minds. Otherwise we will constantly ruminate on what happened. The author asserts that to cling to what God has moved or changed is disobedience. God is calling us forward.
5. Live today in the light of Jesus’ homily. Mary asks us to imagine Jesus coming back to earth to perform our funerals. She adds that we’ll start a growth revolution if we take a moment to consider the homily that Jesus would give. This exercise means seeing reality as it really is. Asking friends and family members to weigh in may give us a more accurate representation of where we are and where we’d like to be.
To discern Jesus’ will during our desert, transition time takes humility and a welcoming heart. Mary concludes:
“In short, we hurt, and God heals, which makes us an agent of healing. In other words, when we’ve been brave enough to let God transform our pain, we bring heaven to earth.”
Today’s question: Which of Mary’s five ways to cultivate a heaven-bent heart resonate most with you? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Day by day”