” I’m not much for looking suffering and poverty straight in the face. I’ll face it alright. But I like to look slightly to one side or the other.” -Beth Moore
Ouch. Big ouch. Like, break every bone in my body pain. I live on the mission field, and minister to the suffering BUT I STILL DO THIS!
I have been doing a Beth Moore study over John, and on this particular day we walked through the story of Peter and John when they healed the crippled man at the temple gate, Beautiful.
In Acts 3:4 it says, “Peter, along with John, looked at him INTENTLY and said, “Look at us.” I read this, and then read the quote above and I felt I had been struck by lightening. I don’t know about all of you, but if something hurts my heart, I try and block it out. The homeless man begging at the intersection, I stare ahead and pray for the light to turn green. Children, who I love dearly in Nicaragua, but the poverty they live in brings me to tears, so I keep a small wall up, closest to my heart, for self preservation. Many would say this is understandable, but is this Biblical? Not even close. Jesus held nothing back, and He gave it all. I challenge you, and myself, to face poverty and suffering straight in the face, in the eyes, and into the soul and DO something about it, wherever you are. Tear down the walls around your heart and love with wild abandon.