I was talking with a daughter about today's Take 5 - singing. And I made a comment in it that if a teenager is unwilling to sing, it may be a sign of a heart hardening.
My daughter said that sounded pretty harsh. And as she explained her reasons, I agree with her. I don't want to give the impression that if a child isn't singing, I think he or she has a hard heart!!
I think a better word I might have used is protected--to me, singing is an outward expression of emotion. And when a heart is hurting or confused, it may be unwilling to express itself in that way. It can be a symptom of something else.
But there can be other reasons. Maybe embarrassment or awkwardness or if they're not used to singing, maybe it doesn't feel natural. Whatever reason, helping a child use his or her voice is a very important part of heart education.
What are your thoughts on why some people are unwilling to sing?