So Much Pain
There’s so much pain in the world. So many people in need of aid, assistance, help and rescuing. No one of these more deserving than the other.
We want our hearts to be broken for the things that break the heart of Jesus but sometimes it seems overwhelming. So much pain. How do we help them all?
What I mean by that is that I do not have to help all of them. You do not have to help all of them.
You see, we are each called to a different path in our lives. We are a body, working together for God’s purpose, His glory. My heart and passion may not be the same as the person I sit next to in church. The group of people I am called to help may not be the people you are called to help.
I am not meaning this in reference to those we encounter in our everyday life where a need may present itself that we can meet. I mean this at the deeper level of calling and passions. I am surrounded by people in my own life called to just some of the following issues/work: human trafficking, slavery, orphans, missions, evangelism, human rights, social justice….I could list at least 30 more just from people I know. Each and every one of these is important and the work valuable.
We should spur one another on in the work we do. Encourage. Pray for. Value the work each other does.
This has been on my heart for the past couple of weeks as I’ve been observing a number of things happening in the news and on social media. With the #ALSicebucketchallenge – I saw many people belittling the effort and in doing so – essentially, the cause. For the families who have someone dying from ALS – this saddens me. Bo Stern wrote a beautiful piece about what the ALS challenge meant to her as a woman watching her husband daily slip away into the awful prison of his own mind that ALS is causing. She was right – our news feeds will be “back to cat videos and kids singing “Let It Go”” soon enough. But when they are – there are still families and people fighting this disease. They matter. Their pain and suffering matters to God.
I saw comments saying essentially enough already with the Robin Williams story – there are more important news stories to highlight than him…more crisis in the world which needs attention and aid. The Robin Williams one hit home for me. While it was covered heavily for days – the story was so much more than about him. It was about suicide. It was about mental illness. The conversations around his death have elevated the discussions about suicide prevention, about mental health. These issues matter.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
When I think of where someone is at when they take their own life – they are brokenhearted – crushed in spirit. They matter to God just as much as that orphan in Rwanda or a person enslaved.
My heart is broken for those who struggle with mental illness, those who struggle with suicidal thoughts, families who have lost someone to suicide. This is a passion God has put on my heart and one I invest time in through my work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The other passion for me is those who are hungry and homeless in our country. These are what I see as the primary areas God has called me to because He has given me a heart for those individuals.
What I have witnessed is a tendency at times for people to show a disregard for the work of others because it is not something they are passionate about and/or understand.
I believe we need to embrace the work that others are doing – while we may not understand it or feel passionate about it – it matters. They are called to it. God has broken their hearts for what breaks His and they are merely following that calling and doing what they are called to do to make a difference. We should be supportive of them. Pray for them. Never belittle or think their work or cause is any less worthy of its time in the spotlight or coverage in the news.
Recognize that we are a body working together for God’s purpose, His glory.
If you want to learn more about suicide prevention and the work of AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) please visit their website: www.afsp.org
Originally posted 2014-08-25 10:23:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
So Much PainSeptember 5th, 2014