Went to church this morning, as is my usual practice. There was a guest speaker which can sometimes make you wish you had stayed home. I don't mean that to be disrespectful, but we all know it's the truth. Oh what a shame it would have been to have missed this speaker. His name was Bruce Deel and he is the founder of an Atlanta inner city ministry. His stories of his life in one of the roughest neighborhoods of Atlanta were both funny and inspiring. As he ended his message he prayed that our hearts would be broken with what breaks the heart of God.
It's hard to think of living a life that's mission is to serve others. We live in such a selfish world. Let's face it, there wouldn't be a need for much ministry if every Christian did what God has told us to do...to love one another as we love ourselves. If every Christian made it their job to seek out the hurting and needy amoung us, I do believe that welfare and drug programs would all but cease to exist. Jesus was moved with compassion every where he went. Sadly, we, the church, are very rarely moved with compassion. We have wasted the most precious gift that God has given us.....a broken heart.
God, please help me to see hurting people the way you see them. Help me to look at the needy and broken through your eyes. Eyes of love and compassion. Amen