“Break my heart for the things that break yours.”
One day as I was driving into work listening to my playlist, this song came on and I immediately stopped, played it again and listened one more time. In that moment I realized my prayers were selfish prayers. My prayers were all about me, “Woe is me” and “Can you help me?”. I realized the same compassion and mercy I wanted God to have on me, I needed to show that compassion to my fellow man. That one line in this song changed how I viewed the world going forward. No longer did I walk around face frowned and nose stuck up, I decided a smile was much easier even when I sometimes didn’t feel like smiling.
This song challenged me to look at how I was loving and showing God’s love to all mankind. Not just those who I thought deserved my loved, but, even the strangers who probably needed it more than I would know.
I want to challenge you today to really observe how you see your community and your home. Are you being a friendly neighbor? Are you offering up support to the single mother who lives next door? Are you sharing a meal with the widow who attends your church? Are you stopping to listen to the homeless man’s story to understand how he arrived at this space and place in his life? If not, don’t worry. It’s not too late to take time out of your busy day and simply be kind and loving towards one another.
Above anything else GOD was and IS Love. If we are striving to be more like him, we must love. The world will never change if those who know Him do not exude His love for others. Remember we are God’s hands and feet extended. So, reach out and show the people in this world you love them.
“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.” Matthew 25:35 (NLT)