My senior year of college, I met Jesus and I learned a new language. It was totally foreign at first- nothing made sense. However, slowly but surely I began to learn foreign concepts like, “guarding my heart” and “avoiding temptation,” But for the love of being popular what did all of this even mean?
I did not get it. This was not at all my first language.
I didn’t realize it at the time since I have always spoken English, but I have a “heart language”
I have a friend serving as a missionary in South East Asia. When sharing the gospel, one of the first questions they ask is,
“What is your heart language?”
This is the language you grow up hearing, the language that you can most easily relate to, and the language in which you first learned the ways of the world. This is often referred to by missionaries as your “heart language.” While many people (outside of the U.S.) speak more than one language, they typically have only one language they know best. Speaking truth to someone in their native tongue knocks down all sorts of walls and is so much easier to receive.
A typical sorority girl is my heart language. This is the language I learned first.
Sleep with your boyfriend if you really like him, or just because he wants you to.
Wear designer fashion.
Oh, and did I mention to be beautiful?
Popularity, boys, and vodka was the language I learned in high school and it was tattooed to my heart when I joined a sorority in college.
I am fluent in this language. It is the language I learned first. I get them and they get me. These people are my people.
My passion is to communicate, in my heart language, to my people. That true love and happiness is not found in the arms of a guy or vodka (ew). I looked very hard in both areas and found myself empty, EVERYTIME.
Learning a new language was tricky and it did not happen overnight. I had to surround myself with friends who spoke this new tongue. I had to read books on it and I had to listen to the people who spoke it best.
We all have a “native tongue” or a group of people we identify with best. You do not have to explain the back story or the “why” behind it because they get it. We can relate to each other. We have walked in the same (totally adorable) shoes.
Mother Teresa says “Calcuttas are everywhere, you just have to find yours”
Jesus is in the business of transforming us; it is what He does best. He uses people like you and me to share with “our people” who speak the same language. He wants us to connect with others, telling them about the TRUE abundant life and the happiness that lasts so much longer than just a little temporary fun.
Identify your native tongue. Who speaks your language?