When Big Men Cry

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Big Men Cry

Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!

Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.

Pillar: To cry is to be human

“Jesus wept”-John 11:35

Principle: To cry is to love

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, opened the floodgates of pure emotion as his tears flowed in a recent press conference. He was overwhelmed by the awesome display of goodwill, solidarity and generosity offered by many Caribbean neighbours in the aftermath of their volcanic eruption.

When life and death are at stake, our true character tends to come out. We dig deep into those internal reserves to face whatever before us. At a time in human history where there is much sadness and despair, it was heartwarming to see humanity at its best.

History has shown time and time again that tragedy brings us together. We put aside our differences and zero in on the big picture: saving lives. We sacrifice, go hungry and lose sleep. Whatever it takes, we do. The human family has a knack of rising to the occasion. Continue to keep the affected islands in your prayers.

When big men cry, we take notice. Dr. Gonsalves’ transparent vulnerability communicated a language of mutual love-from the region to him and from him to the region. Even the shortest verse in the bible revolves around the shedding of tears: “Jesus wept.” The Lord loved Lazarus, Mary and Martha and they loved him.

Tears keep our hearts soft and our consciences tender. This is a divine gift.

Practical: To cry is to connect

Whether you do it privately or in community, feel free to cry. Tears connect us. 

If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Allan+Cunningham

    Hi Tyrone, Thank you for speaking the truth. Big men do cry!

  2. [email protected]

    Hi, Tyrone. So welcoming coming from a Big man!! Our society has taught the opposite about boys and men crying because it looks like a sign of weakness,no wonder why many are not able to show or feel genuine emotions but Jesus wept and he’s the biggest man of all!Thanks bro. Blessings.

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      Thanks Cheryl. I’ve been learning that our emotional health is just as important as our spiritual health.

  3. Hope Kerr

    True true! Tears do connect us. Thanks for sharing this, Tyrone. A great reminder of our needing each other and needing to show that we care.

  4. Michelle+Marcus

    How often do we see that? He was crying for his people and blown away by the support.

  5. J. Tyrone Marcus

    True Michelle. Our human side draws others to us even though we often believe that we must only show strength.

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