Love Never Fails : What breaks your heart?

When I launched the first post for this Write 31 Days challenge, I asked God to break my heart for what breaks his. As I’ve watched, listened and written over the past nine days, I’ve wondered how that is playing out in my every day life.

This morning, my mind was full of clutter. I was thinking about the homeless kid, a recent conversation about Reactive Attachment Disorder that has affected several adopted children I know or know of, three Facebook posts that taught me about brain cancer, parents’ grief over special needs children and prisoners who are released from prison without any real support or guidance to make a new life after incarceration.

All of these things broke my heart.

And you know what? That’s the heart of Christ in me. He is doing exactly what I asked him to do. At times it feels like too  much. Like there’s no more room in my head or heart or soul for more pain, more injustice, more “causes” that I should be fixing or helping or paying attention to. But God hasn’t called me to fix everyone’s challenges and problems. God has simply asked me to pay attention to them, to pray for them, to be the one who says, “Way to go,” or “I’m praying with you.” He also asks me to be open to his leading, his dream for me, opportunities he may nudge me to embrace. (Beginning to write this blog was one of those nudges!)

He has equipped each of us uniquely, and he puts in our hearts, our heads and our hands the work he wants each of us to do. Right now, my job and my family are my priority. Both of those roles have great significance in the Kingdom of God. I get to lead people with the love of Christ, and that’s a very special privilege. I get to love my husband, my children, my parents and my friends. I get to cook for family and friends, and share the beauty of a meal and hearts connected around the table and Sunday night football. That is sacred ground friends! But I also have a voice, and I sense his urging to say things that need to be said, to be an encourager, and to point people to Christ through my writing.

My message today is this: Pay attention to what God has put on your heart. It doesn’t have to be big or bold and you don’t have to have all the plans in order to start. Are you feeling a recurring nudge toward something? Do something about it today. Take one small step and see where it leads.

One of my favorite authors, Emily P. Freeman said this:

“What God has called you to do, he has equipped you to do.”

Go out and do it. Dare to take the first step and watch him work. Pay attention to what breaks your heart and ask God to grow his dream in you to put in your hands what He’s put in your heart.

What breaks your heart today? Don’t be afraid to do something about it, because

Love Never Fails.

Love Never Fails

This is the 10th post in my series Love Never Fails for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge. You can click here to go to my introduction page and find links to all the posts in the series. Also, if you’d like to receive these posts directly in your inbox, just enter your email address in the bar to the right. I promise to never share your information.


9 Comments on “Love Never Fails : What breaks your heart?

  1. Thanks for sharing this post. As a social worker, I can related to all these hurts listed. Our world has no shortage of needs…all of us can serve at least one in a small way.

  2. The situations with the Syrian refugees has been on my heart lately – I’ve been lifting them up in prayer, because in this season of my life that’s how I can do the most good.

    Thank you for the reminder that God places things on our heart for good reason!

  3. That was/is a bold prayer to ask God to break your heart according to what breaks His. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed, but I just try to stay focused on the one next thing I can do, Thanks for the encouragement to do so.

  4. You are absolutely right, there is always something we can be doing for God. I’m a teacher and feel privileged to serve Him in my job, but I need to live a life of service outside my job too!

  5. Amen! I often feel under equipped, but just praying for those who God puts on my heart–I can do that! He’ll give me the bravery if I need it.

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