Soften my heart, thicken my skin

“Lord, soften my heart and thicken my skin.”

This is a prayer I pray often. Because I’m learning two things in this world:

  1. This world is filled with a lot of people who need grace
  2. This world is filled with a lot of people who are really mean

I have grown cynical in recent years. Movies/songs/everyday life that used to inspire and fill with warm fuzzies usually make my eyes roll now. I hate that. I want to be moved by things and filled with joy and inspiration. It’s just really hard to do that when there are a lot of jerks in the world. My guard is up.

And I don’t want to let my guard completely down. I don’t want to let the jerks all the way in. Some people shouldn’t be allowed too far into your life.

I want a soft heart toward the beautiful and the broken things in this world, but I don’t want to be so shaken by the mean and hurtful things.

How do you keep a soft heart along with thick skin?

4 Replies to “Soften my heart, thicken my skin”

  1. It’s kind if weird. I have always been a little skeptical, a little cynical, a little hard hearted. Something has been moving within me of late. I “ooze awesome” at unexpected time when previously I would have been unmoved and dry eyed. I don’t think there is anything I have done to cause this. Maybe there have been some changes in my life I can point to: new church, happier faith group. I just don’t know.

  2. The way I try to soften my heart is to think that other people have stories too. They have been beat up and bruised by life too. I try to encourage instead of break down by my response to others.

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