Soft Heart, Hard Feet

Posted May 28, 2018

When one of our missionary leaders explained the phrase “Soft feet, hard heart; hard feet, soft heart” I knew it was significant.

A soft heart, means we have a heart for helping others. We empathize with their pain, and are willing to go out of our way to care for them. We can only do that when we are willing to get our feet dirty and step into the hard things. Hard things are selfless deeds; acts of laying one’s own desires asides for the betterment of someone else. We can only get a soft heart for people when we are willing to step on the uncomfortable. Getting a soft heart like Jesus comes when we ask for it and are willing to endure hardships as disciplines. Getting hard feet comes when we’ve become accustomed to doing the hard things for the sake of someone else.

Getting hard feet comes when we’ve become accustomed to doing the hard things for the sake of someone else.

A hard heart results in an unwillingness to do the uncomfortable. Soft feet represent someone who isn’t willing to walk into awkward, hard, selfless situations.  It is opposite of a soft heart.

We as believers need to strive to be like Jesus, who had a soft heart and hard feet. Throughout my time in Thailand, I’ve began to understand what it means to have a soft heart and hard feet and I hope my feet get harder as life goes on. I intend to become more and more willing to step into the uncomfortable to help those in need.