Several months ago, I began asking the Lord to break my heart for what breaks His. I needed to be moved, to truly feel the weight of a lost and dying world.
For some time, my heart has felt numb to the intensity of needs I see, at least on TV and video, all around the world. I would see a newsflash come through about starving children, or human trafficking, or living conditions so unimaginable that my mind could not comprehend, and I would become so overwhelmed that even interceding on behalf of these needs would become painfully difficult.
How does one person take an issue so overwhelming and help to bring change? How does one voice, in the midst of many voices, rise up and stir the waters of change?
One person at a time.
“If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.” – Mother Teresa.
A few months ago I joined a team of bloggers for World Help, and was blessed with the opportunity to read Noel Brewer Yeatts’ book , “Awake: Doing a World of Good One Person At A Time” during her re-launch. Although sickness prevented me from actually getting my review posted during the launch, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you my thoughts on this book, which is truly helping me to see, really see the needs of the world around me.
Awake is filled with the very personal stories of what Noel Yeatts encountered during her travels all around the world. I could not help but gasp and cry and pray while reading the book. The stories are heartbreaking. To think that children are literally thrown away by their parents, or buried alive, or left for dead, or sold into prostitution at ages as young as 5 is too much for my heart to take.
But interlaced with the stories of heart break are testimonies of new life and victory, of children rescued and given a second chance to live, of lives transformed, of slaves being set free.
“The concept of poverty can be overwhelming, and the thought of making a difference daunting. So we must narrow our focus. Instead of picturing masses of hurting people, we must begin with the one suffering child.” – Noel Yeatts
This quote really undid me. For so long now I’ve been saying I wanted to do something, something tangible like sponsor a child, or go on a mission trip or volunteer my time for a humanitarian organization. Yet, I have become so overwhelmed while looking at the masses, that I was not able to see the one hurting child that God would have me to see.
“God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.” – Bono
I want my eyes to be open. I want to be fully awake, to see the one. If every person presented with a world problem continues to close their eyes, nothing would get done. But what would happen if together we allowed God to wake us up to the one? I see one, you see another one, she sees another one. Together we help three. What if the world woke up to the fact that it’s not really so overwhelming when we choose to see with new eyes, when we choose to see the one?
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Together we can make a difference, one person at a time.