Let your heart be broken for a world in need:
Feed the mouths that hunger,
Soothe the wounds that bleed.
Give the cup of water, and the loaf of bread.
Be the hands of Jesus, serving in his stead.
Here on earth applying principles of love.
Visible expression, God still rules above.
Living illustration of the living word,
To the minds of all who've never seen or heard.
Blest to be a blessing, privileged to care,
Challenged be the need, apparent everywhere.
Where mankind is wanting, fill the vacant place.
Be the means through which
The Lord reveals His grace.
Add to your believing deeds that prove it true,
Knowing Christ as Savior, Make Him Master too.
Follow in His footsteps, go where he has trod;
In the worlds great trouble risk yourself for God.
Let your heart be tender and your vision clear;
See mankind as God sees, serve Him far and near.
Let your heart be broken by a brother's pain;
Share your rich resources, give and give again.
Words & music - Bryan Jeffery Leech
After having an emotionally difficult past few weeks, I was so blessed by the annual Bible conference at my church this past weekend! The focus was on missions, a topic which is very near to my heart. The speaker served in the country of Jordan for many years, and the stories he brought to the congregation were fascinating and thought-provoking. One of the points the pastor brought up in the morning service was that too many Christians in America have settled into living comfortable lives by fitting in with the rest of the world. How true this is! While Christians in countries such as Pakistan and Turkey are being killed for their faith, I am embarrassed to tell classmates at my college that I go to church. Yes, others might look at me like I am strange if I make a stand for Christ or act different, but it is all worth it in the end! I am so blessed to have the freedom to proclaim Christ as my Savior and Lord without having to worry about being arrested or even killed. I am praying that I will be more bold in my faith and "not ashamed of the gospel of Christ" (Romans 1:16).
Thankfully, after all the encouragement I received from the messages, my depression was lifted, and I now see things in a different light. God knew exactly what I needed, and He helped me to get my focus back where it needed to be-not on myself, but on Him. Everything becomes so much clearer once I turn my eyes upon Jesus, Who will carry me each step of the way.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
~Lemmel H. Helen