There is a new word for stepping out of your comfort zone and serving those with BIG needs. Jeff Goins calls it “wrecked’.
Thanks to ChristianAudio.com, I listened to Jeff’s book, Wrecked, as I traveled between Missouri and Louisiana.
The book is an invitation to lead a wrecked life—one that is shaken up but transformed by confronting the world’s most difficult challenges. Goins wrote this book in hopes that ….
1. you and I recall making a choice that caused us to step out of your comfort zone, that allowed us to move past selfishness and find a life worth living.
2. we are faced with a sacrificial decision we have ve yet to make, one that we may be avoiding or procrastinating
3. we respond to that voice inside of us that says “give more, get less”
4. you and I realize the “somebody” the world is deferring to is us.
We read the Biblical account of the Good Samaritan and we cringe thinking “no way, they couldn’t just leave him there!” We see video clips on the news or internet of someone who chose to capture the video instead of help the person being attacked. We (and I definetely mean me) can get so absorbed in our online connectedness that we miss the incredible opportunity to serve the person in front of us.
Goins writes, “Our brokenheartedness at the injustices we witness is what gives us compassion. So when we rush past these messy and uncomfortable moments, we take away the experiences that teach us mercy.” Have you given mercy lately? Not felt it – given it?
Are you the hero of your own story?
Stepping into a “wrecked” life means being brave enough to go where you know you don’t have the answers. It takes courage to step out of our own self-controlled and self-orchestrated lives, and into someone’s pain. We have to be willing to SEE their pain. AND we have to trust that the Holy Spirit in us will deliver. Deliver what? Whatever God knows is needed at that moment.
We may avoid someone because we know we can’t afford to buy what they need. We may not look at their pain because it feels too much like the pain we’ve stuffed into the closet of our hearts in hopes to never look at it again. We avoid. Our natural selfish nature avoids.
God was brave. He knew that He and His son would suffer for us – giving up everything: royalty, wealth, perfection of every kind. And God chose to send Jesus anyway. And Jesus chose to go anyway. Let yourself see them leaving home to go to you right now. Close your eyes and see their compassion for you.
It was perfect love. Brave love.
The love that casts out all fear. (1 John 4:8)
It was also the knowledge of God’s power to meet needs. We have to live by faith that God did meet needs and still does. We have to believe in God’s supernatural ability. Faith is believing, remembering, and going knowing that God will show up.
This audio book opened my eyes to myself and to God. It was a wonderful reminder and call to step out of myself and my own limitations. God used Wrecked to remind me that faith is brave. Faith – that He can do more than I can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). And He will use my mind, my body, and my mouth to do it because Jesus’ Holy Spirit lives in me waiting to continue His work.
We are not the heroes of our stories.