Friday, January 6, 2017

what tugs at my heart

People in need are all around us.  In fact we have all found ourselves in difficult places before.  Hungry.  Homeless.  Hurting.  Need is all around us, and the fact is we can do something about it by serving others.

5 things Jesus commanded us to do in no uncertain terms (Mt10:8): help the sick, awaken the lifeless, embrace the rejected, care for the mentally ill, and give freely. Mission 2017 from Leonard Sweet

Matthew 10:8  NLT
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

That verse was shared by Jesus to some of the people closest to him.  This speaks volumes to me as I hope it does you.

One of the things that might be one of my biggest weaknesses would be being too compassionate.  I have a big heart.  I want to help almost every one.  Some people are playing games and even lying.  That hurts us all.

Yet in the middle of life there is much pain.  People in pain tug at my heart in huge ways.   Some of these people have made horrible decisions while some had no control whatsoever.  But pain is pain and makes life very tough.

When we know who we are in Christ, we will have confidence, and we have the ability to speak in to the lives of others.  This isn’t easy.  It will come with a high cost.  Loving people can be emotionally draining.  Serving and caring may mean you will empty your wallet or stay longer when you are sharing.

Making a difference isn’t optional for me and for many of the people I am proud to work with.  We don’t serve to feel good.  We serve to make a difference.  We serve so others will be changed and find hope.

Remember that real hope is found in Jesus.  May our serving lead others to come to know God who cares more and gives more than any of us can.  Our purpose is clear.  Why are we here or doing what God called us to do? 

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