God’s heart breaks over sin. His heart breaks because people are hurting. Jesus cried as He rode the donkey into Jerusalem. His heart was broken for a people who did not understand why He was there.
Does your heart break over something that breaks God’s heart?
I have found that as I grow older my prayers are changing. Yes, I want God to heal people and comfort those in need. Yes, I want Him to bless my friends and family. But I’m beginning to pray for God to break my heart over what breaks His.
I’ve seen this played out in people. I’ve seen people willing to give up everything they have to live overseas and take care of orphans. I’ve watched people serve the homeless and open their homes to the undesirable. I’ve listened to those in the medical field pour out their reasons why they help those who are diseased and dying.
God has broken their hearts for these people groups and then fueled a passion in them serve and care for these hurting souls.
I think this can happen with anyone who is willing to allow God to open his eyes and heart to Him.
Perhaps this has happened to you, and you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Because God has created the church to be a “body” of believers, not every person has been given the same talents, gifts, desires, and passions. This is a huge world and God wants His gospel proclaimed in every street and avenue. There are many streets and avenues. Not everyone can travel to the same ones.
Take me for instance.
I’m nothing special. But my heart? It breaks for the children in our nation. We have a nation of children who think they are entitled to just about anything. There are children in my community who never hear about the love of Jesus. There are kids in my church who do love Jesus, and are not being discipled. My heart breaks for these kids…and so I am passionate about teaching the Word of God. I teach children, aiming them towards salvation, discipleship and service. I teach moms so that they may then feel more comfortable to teach their children or grandchildren. I created this blog so that I might help other moms, dads, and children’s workers teach children across the nation and the world.
That is how a broken heart can fuel a passion. My street and avenue are different than yours.
So what is your story? Everyone has something that breaks his or her heart. If you aren’t sure, do some praying. God will break your heart for you.
Are you willing to share your story? The Lord is a God of stories. It’s how He teaches and guides. You never know who needs to hear your particular story. Please consider submitting your story to FFS explaining how God has broken your heart and what passion and service has been fueled because of it.
Here are the requirements for a submission: **Go to the CONTACT ME page and let me know of your intent. I will have a list of dates for posts to be due.
1) Length should be between 450 and 800 words.
2) The article should be about your passion and experience with the Lord. How has God broken your heart so that you care about what He cares about?
3) Include a scripture, or life verse, that encourages you as you serve, or was used during your journey.
4) Include 1-2 pictures.
5) Include a short blurb at the very end about your blog, if you have one. Something like: John can be found wrestling bears when he isn’t writing for his blog “All Creatures Great and Small.” If you do not have a blog, please consider writing 2-3 sentences introducing yourself to other Readers.
Keep in mind, you DO NOT have to have a blog to submit an article.
Katie Davis, in her book Kisses from Katie, says, “My life was being filled with unforgettable experiences. Every day something happened, usually something more heartbreaking or appalling than anything I had ever encountered. I was growing accustomed to it, and I knew it was what I was created for. The sense of purpose and fulfillment I felt was nothing short of amazing, and I wanted to immerse myself in this life for the rest of my days.” (page 76)
Katie lives in Uganda and has adopted 16 young girls. That is her passion. Those children broke her heart and the Lord is using her. That is her ministry avenue.
I’m a mom of three. I homeschool, teach the scriptures with fear and trembling, and I blog about it. If you clicked through and read the post to this point, then know I wrote this for you, Reader. I pray for you every day.
You are one of my passions.
**I look forward to reading about YOUR Passion!!