I listened to a sermon by David Wilkerson called "A call to anguish." It got me. And it has stayed with me over these last couple of days. Reminded me of those things God has spoken to me. The things that make my heart cry.
He talks about anguish being the emotions so stirred that it becomes painful. An acute deeply felt inner pain because of conditions about you, around you or in you. The agony of God's heart. A desire for change. To make a difference. To not settle.
All true passion is born out of anguish.
When we become so unsettled. When we are so distraught over the things of this world- the loss, the famine, the hurt, dying. The babies without a voice, or the child with no family. The lonely, broken hearts of those searching, the disease without a cure....
When we become so anguished by these things, that we can not ignore them.
That our passion for them over powers our complacency and we simply can not sit still or let them go one more day....
That is the heart of God.
When Jerusalem was in ruins, He used Nehemiah to help rebuild it. Not a preacher, not some great public figure, or powerful person....a business man...more importantly a praying man.
He was a man who did not just have a flash of emotion. Not just some great sudden burst of concern and then let it die.
He prayed night and day. He wept, mourned and fasted. And He acted. Despite facing slander, fear, conflict and discouragement, he acted.
I want to act. I want to be like Nehemiah. A praying person. A person who takes actions led by prayer. Someone who's passion doesn't die, or become suppressed by the everyday.
Sometimes it seems too big. Sometimes what has been ignited or revealed to my spirit seems too much. I become overwhelmed. I don't know where to start.
So I don't. I let the moment, the day, the opportunity get by me. But that flame doesn't die. That thought, idea, vision...passion. It doesn't go away.
It's up to me to decide what I'm going to do with it. Even if it's just with one step. It's one step closer than yesterday.
Doing Something. Taking action.
I wanted to share someone with you. Her name is Danielle. She and her family are in the process of fundraising for adoption. My heart goes out to this precious family, as they pursue a passion. To see a child come to know not only their love, but God's love living through them. Click over to get to know her and her heart. By the way did you know that there are over 147 million orphans in this world? 147 million
What is your passion? What stirs your soul?
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