On the first day of our recent trip to Honduras, we were on our way to the Hope Center to have VBS with the kids. I had been looking out the window, watching the mountainside, observing the barefoot men and women selling things to earn a living on the side of the road, and noticing the shacks that served as houses for hundreds. As I was taking in my surroundings, I heard the words "break my heart for what breaks yours".
I was placed in Honduras at that specific time for a specific reason. I wanted to go, see, help, and love on every adult and every child. I wanted to come back changed.
"Break my heart for what breaks yours"
What does that mean?
God's heart breaks when he sees couple's divorce. His heart breaks when he sees one of His children being made fun of. His heart breaks when bosses mistreat their employees. His heart breaks when parents become ill. His heart breaks when he sees a college student with no friends. His heart breaks when our efforts go unnoticed. His heart breaks when siblings are separated from each other at a young age. His heart breaks when he sees your fears stop you from doing the things you love. His heart breaks when we choose anything other than Him. His heart breaks when small children are homeless, all around the world.....
I didn't want to come back from this mission trip feeling the exact same way and going on with my life as if the trip didn't even happen. I knew my heart needed to break in the same way that His does in order to be changed.
Throughout the week, I grew to realize how truly undeserving we are. It broke my heart knowing how much we have, while many have nothing at all. As Americans, all we tend to do is ask and ask for more and more.
Will the things we have ever be enough?
I have 40 pair of shoes, at least. Do I need that many? NO. Do I wear them all? NO. I have some that have been in my closet, unworn, waiting for that one occasion that may never even come.
We have TVs, phones that go everywhere with us, clean clothes, nice shoes, ovens, microwaves, fridges, couches, tables, toilets that you can flush toilet paper down (we had to throw it in trashcans in Honduras), and clean, running water. The list could go on and on, but you get the point.
We are so undeserving of all that we have and the comforts we are able to live in. We are beyond blessed to have been born and raised in the United States. God placed us where we are and has given us all the things he has because he loves us so much.
Today let's learn to thank Him.
Thank the Lord everyday for all he has given you. Thank him for that big, fancy house and 3 car garage. Thank him for that little apartment and money for rent. Thank Him for always providing, in the big things and in the small.
I can guarantee that whatever you have, is way better than 80% of the world.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring the good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes; a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.” Isaiah 61:1-3
"It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence." C.S. Lewis
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body..." 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17