Let me ask you a question. It’s a rather personal question. It’s the type of questions we don't like to be asked. Here it goes. What breaks your heart?
Now the answer to this query has the potential to shape your perspective and priorities. So, when you think about what’s happening in our community, what is the one need that captures your attention and emotion? Maybe there is a concern that comes to mind that makes you feel something needs to be done about that? It’s something that you find yourself passionate about, talking about it, and noticing if anyone is doing something about it.
Nehemiah saw the condition of Jerusalem. The city had been destroyed and the wall broken and burned. His heart was broken as he wrote, “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 1:4). He knew something had to be done. He knew that he had to do something.
You may not be able to meet every need or change the whole world, but you can meet somebody’s need or improve a part of the world. Andy Stanley puts it this way, “"Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone." The reality is that you can’t solve all the problems that you see, however, you can do something. What you do, even if it's a small thing, can make a difference.
Unfortunately, doing something requires action, effort and involvement. It’s far easier to sit back and do nothing, right? Most people would rather take the critics chair and just be critical of what others are doing or not doing. Many would prefer to condemn what they perceive as wrong, and them do nothing to improve the situation. What breaks your heart isn’t, what ticks you off, it’s what moves you to say, “I must do something!”
Think about what it is that breaks your heart. Instead of asking the question that most people ask – “What should I do about ME?” – try asking the question, “What should be done around me?” So, what around you grabs your attention and cries out for something to be done? Take a step. Make a move. Do something.