Take Pity, Take Action, Take Territory for Christ

Take Pity, Take Action, Take Territory for Christ

Today we have a guest post by Tracy Stella…

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. … But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.—Luke 10:30, 33 NIV

The Samaritan stopped in his tracks to take pity on the man who lay naked and half dead along the roadside.  The Samaritan was busy like you and I often are.  He was on his way to a destination, and he didn’t plan on encountering a detour.  Yet, he didn’t delay.  He came to the aid of the man in need of assistance.

Imagine your reaction if you stumbled upon someone in such a state.  How would you have responded?  Would you have been like the Samaritan, or would you have been like the priest and the Levite who both passed by on the other side of the street?

They didn’t help.  They hid their eyes.

When we don’t look, we don’t see.  But that doesn’t mean the problem disappears.Continue reading

Can We Be Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things?

Can We Be Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things?

“They are treating us to dinner,” my translator informed me.  Five adults, four children, and a baby climbed into a truck. After a bumpy ride down the mountain, we were all relieved to arrive in front of a small convenience store.  The pastor’s wife handed each person one tapioca bread roll and a bottle of water.

Seriously? This is dinner?  I tried to conceal my disappointment.

During our dinner conversation, I learned that three of the four children were orphans adopted by the pastor and his wife.  The baby belonged to the remaining young girl.  They rescued her from a sexually abusive father, who had impregnated her.

Staring into the smiling faces of these innocent children, I felt the power of God’s love working through this lovely couple.  Clearly, they were living on very limited funds.  To assume physical, emotional and spiritual responsibility of raising five children seemed absolutely amazing.

Could I do something like that?  Could I be that selfless?  That courageous?  Or generous? Continue reading

Ambassadors of Hope

Ambassadors of Hope

The unbearable ache was like a tight fist crushing around my heart. Cowardly, I took refuge in a tiny infant room packed with adorable babies. As I tried to regain my composure, hot tears of shame poured down my cheeks. The beckoning stares and twisted limbs of young children squirming in stained cribs with soiled diapers awoke me from what I thought was a noble, yet romantic notion of working with orphans in a third world country. The heartbreaking reality of their living condition overwhelmed and frightened me.

I cried because I felt helpless and hopeless.

What could I possibly do when their needs are so great, and I am just one person?

I am not equipped with proper training or resources to make any difference?Continue reading

To Pursue Presence or Purpose? That is the Question.

To Pursue Presence or Purpose? That is the Question.

As I stood on a stage in an empty room, staring out at vacant chairs. Practicing the words that would come out of my mouth. I encountered the Divine.

As I prayed, I felt God’s presence fill the space around me. I dropped to my knees as tears streamed down my face. Continue reading

A Vital Question to Answer

A Vital Question to Answer

Choices. A popular parenting technique in this day is to offer your child choices.  Do you want to get in the car by yourself or do you want mommy to help you? Do you want to do your homework after school or before bed? Do you want an apple or banana? Do you want to pay me back now or later? Do you want to take out the garbage or do the dishes? Do you want to pop the grapes in my mouth for me or give my feet a massage? 🙂

The choices are endless and offering them twelve hours a day gets exasperating. However the very nature of offering choices helps our children to make a decision rather than passively disengage.

I would argue that choices do the same for us as adults.Every little decision we make impacts the course of our path. Interestingly, God asks us to make choices because the choices we negate making alter the fulfillment of our destiny. God forces the issues because he knows the relational decay of passive disengagement.Continue reading