When was the last time you were broken? Ripped apart? Disturbed to your core?
I’m not talking about when something devastating happens in our lives like a death or divorce. No, I’m talking about when your mind and heart witness something so profound that it awakens your spirit. It breaks you on the inside for good!
For many of us I would say maybe that hasn’t happened yet.
Why? Because we live in a comfortable world. We awake in our luxurious homes, have a nutritious meal and coffee, and go to work in a fabulous building. We are living the American Dream. The world we’ve created that says, “this is all about me.”
That’s the world I happily lived in until my selfish ways were shattered.
Landing in Guatemala a few months ago broke me. My week there disturbed me to the core. I was forced to take a look at what all I take for granted. My selfish-excess was so blatantly obvious.
Being broken is one thing. Learning to live out of that broken place is another. I think that’s why God called me back to Guatemala. He not only called me, but He wants you to come too. (see note below)
He wants your comfortable world to slam in to the true poverty, so that maybe your heart will be broke and your eyes opened to what is truly important. When Jesus said he was close to those who hearts were broken, maybe he wasn’t referring to our saddened and heavy heart after all. Maybe He meant He wants our hearts broken like his . . . for his people.
When our broken hearts cry for others, then Jesus is close. <—–tweet that.
What do you think?
I bet if most of us were truly honest we’d list material possessions somewhere at the top of our needs. We love comfort! But God wants to break us down and help us see that our own wants, luxuries, and excesses are slowly killing our spirit. His spirit.
It’s time to strip that selfish-excessive down. It’s time to focus on people.
It’s time to be broken!
Are you ready?
Writing with a community at Lisa-Jo Baker’s today talking about the word broken.