How you hear is as important as what you hear. In Jesus’ story of the lost son (Luke 15), both of a wealthy man’s sons had hearing problems. The man told them all he had would someday be theirs. The elder son took that to mean he had to dutifully earn it every day of his life. The younger saw it as an unfair delay to his dreams, and demanded all his inheritance before he’d learned to manage it and make it grow.
Both were completely loved by their father, but still chose to see that love through orphan hearts. An orphan heart is an insecure, anxious mindset. It sees and relates to the world through fears of failure, rejection, loss, and a belief there will never be enough. Never enough means an orphan-hearted person is never satisfied. There’s an abyss in the center of the soul, which no amount of money, things, attention, or power can fill. Just as a drowning person can drown someone else fighting to get to air, orphan hearts will try to escape the darkness by blaming and punishing others for their pain. There are a lot of orphan mindsets in the world. A lot. And nothing reveals them like a crisis. Millions of broken people in politics, media, business, education, religion, and in families, all interpreting life through what their pain and fears tell tell them.
The Father has not changed. All he has is yours. There is more than enough. There Is More Than Enough. THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH. More than enough love, grace, acceptance, forgiveness, healing, joy, peace, hope, and provision for every detail of your life. Every day he’s looking out for the lost orphans on the road, and reaching out to the orphans in his own house. Let him heal your heart, and then your ears and eyes. Let Jesus transform how you hear and see until the bitter, insecure, frustrated orphan becomes his joyful, confident, brilliant child.
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).