Dear Friend –
I’ve been where you are more times than I can count. You’ve opened your Pineapple Heart to someone only to have it crushed again. It’s hard having a Pineapple Heart – a heart that longs to connect with people, to build community, to lift one another up during the good and the bad. As with any other love language, it hurts to show love in our most natural way only to have it tossed aside – even unintentionally. The ignored invitations. The kind gestures that are dismissed as unnecessary. The isolation that comes from the “busy” seasons of life when no one is available to meet face to face. I understand. Like a gift giver who’s had their gift rejected, you question the value of what you bring to table but don’t let the enemy gain a foothold in your Pineapple Heart. You should rejoice in it the connections you’ve made and the ones that will come in time! A Pineapple Heart is a heart after God’s own heart.
Jesus himself wants nothing more than to connect each and every person. To bring them back into the fold. Like a shepherd, he will search for lost sheep to reunite with Him and bring them into community with others. But even He is rejected so often. It hurts His Pineapple Heart too. But He never stops seeking after those who need Him and neither should you. Was your invitation for coffee rejected again? Say a prayer for your friend and find someone more receptive. But don’t be afraid to go back to that friend after a time. You’ll never know when her heart has softened or her schedule has freed up or the need for companionship has become too strong to ignore. Remember, a rejection of time with you is not a rejection of you or your care. More often than not, it is a rejection born out of busyness and of shifting priorities. Soldier on my friend! Never stop trying to connect with others. Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Rejoice in the Lord and be his hands and feet.
Print off this FREE Pineapple Heart graphic and place it somewhere you’ll see it regularly to remind you of the importance you serve in God’s bigger plan for his people.