Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Love Identifies

Matthew 9:36 He felt great pity for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help. (NLT)

The world’s troubles are overwhelming. Famine, disease, hunger, crime, drugs, natural disasters, tragedies, terrorist attacks, wars, broken families, poverty, corrupt leaders. It’s an endless list, and I sometimes wonder how I can make a difference. I certainly can’t solve all the problems; perhaps not even one completely. But I have a choice: put forth an effort or sit back, complain, worry and do nothing. As God, Jesus could have solved every problem and healed every disease. As God in human form, his impact was limited but he made one nevertheless. He empathized and acted. The second doesn’t happen until the first is experienced. Empathy happens through imagining ourselves experiencing what others are, then asking, “How can I help you?”

God will move us to needed actions when we ask.