My heart heard it this way, “What if everyone engaged, served, and loved others to the same degree that you, Vicki, engage, serve, and love others?” If I’m being honest, some days my church would look great and other days – well – (shudder) – not so great.
These days, it doesn’t take long for my mind to drift to issues of justice. There was a time when that would NEVER have happened. I’m sorry, but it’s a fact. I’m an uber busy, homeschooling, speaking, writing, teaching wife-to-one and mom-to-three and my care of justice issues was limited to an occasional Facebook link that I would tarry on for a short time. I’ve been rather fond of my comfortable life.
Then I asked God to break my heart for what breaks His.
When He breaks a follower’s heart for that which breaks His, then we are changed – for good – for His good.
Kadi and I leave for Nepal in 9 days. NINE days.
We are going to be story changers, if God chooses to use us that way.
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I am humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to travel with Tiny Hands International to Nepal next week. They are changing the stories of children who, without Tiny Hands, would face life on the streets. They are changing the stories of girls (average age – 14 or 15) who, without Tiny Hands, would endure a life of horror in the human trafficking industry in India. They are changing the stories of those who have the privilege of serving shoulder-to-shoulder with them – those whose hearts are broken for the things that break God’s heart.
We aren’t all meant to go to Nepal, but I believe we are all meant to have our hearts changed – broken. We are meant for Kingdom purposes and to love our brothers and sisters.
We start by asking God to open our eyes to things that will likely make us uncomfortable. We ask Him to break our hearts for those things. We implore Him to show us what He wants us to do. Then we DO IT. We don’t tiptoe at an arm’s length from the Father and His work. Nope. We jump in with both feet. We walk so close to Him that we are stepping on His robe, because, after all, He is always walking with us. We run head-long into His justice-minded purposes.
Mishpat, the Hebrew word for justice, can be found more than 200 times (in a variety of forms) in the Old Testament. It very simply means giving people what they are due, whether that’s punishment or care. Being justice-minded means caring about the most vulnerable, poor and marginalized members of our society, and making personal sacrifices in order to serve their interests, needs, and cause.
Still not convinced? Do you mind if I ask you a question?
Where would the vulnerable, poor and marginalized members of our society be if everyone cared as much or as little as you care?
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