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February 17, 2012

I’ve been thinking about some stuff.  Scary, huh?  But sometimes I just can’t help myself, for better or for worse.  And in all this thinking I have come to a rather startling conclusion:  it really isn’t all that hard to change the world.

I have also come to another conclusion:  the world doesn’t always need the change we bring to it.

Those two kids who shot up Columbine High School back in 1999?  They changed the world.  In a matter of a few minutes, the course of American history was changed as the ripples of that violence spread far beyond our borders.

John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray…all they had to do was pull a trigger and remove one person from this planet, and the world was changed.

September 11, 2001.  Need I say more?

No, it’s not hard to change the world.  And I cannot fathom the pain in the heart of God as He watches His kids use their freedom of choice to destroy one another.  Nor can I fathom the kind of strength and restraint it must take to not blow us to smithereens just to stop the madness.  Especially when He knows He’s going to get blamed for all the random acts of idiocy, depravity, and cruelty that happen.

But I’ve come to one more conclusion, one that I think is more powerful than the first two I’ve mentioned:  it takes a broken heart to affect the kind of change that makes this world a better place.

Broken hearts leak powerful stuff.  And God says He loves them so much that they are like magnets to Him.  When you see a broken-hearted person, you know that God is sitting very close to them, even if you can’t see Him with your eyes.  No wonder broken-hearted people can do such great things.

I recently finished my copy of Kisses From Katie, a birthday gift from the eldest Sparkette.  At a time of life when she should have been going to parties and flirting with boys and buying cute clothes, Katie Davis allowed her heart to be broken for the poorest of the poor in Uganda.  At the age of 22 this pretty girl who was once a homecoming queen in a very affluent community is now the mother to 14 adopted daughters, and she feeds and cares for thousands more people in Uganda through the Amazima Ministries, a foundation she established when she was only nineteen years old.  Seriously…what were you doing when you were nineteen years old?  I can guarantee you I wasn’t kissing the heads of scabies-infested orphans.  My heart had never been that kind of broken.

Broken hearts founded and support Habitat for Humanity.

Broken hearts founded and strengthen the International Justice Mission.

Broken hearts founded The Salvation Army.

Broken hearts founded and continue Mission Arlington.

Broken hearts cook casseroles for grieving friends, care for other people’s children, buy clothing for people they’ll never meet, give money to fund human slavery rescue missions, drill wells for people who are dying of thirst, stock local food pantries, hug dirty children, reach out to people drowning in hopelessness.  Broken hearts do not judge; broken hearts create open hearts and reaching hands.

This kind of brokenness doesn’t make a person sick.  In fact, there’s healing in it.  What a paradox, huh?  We are made whole through brokenness.  The life of a Jesus-follower is so upside down.

I want to change the world, but I don’t want it to be the kind of change that just leaves more messes for others to clean up.  I want the kind of change that can only come from a broken heart.  That’s a hard thing to ask for, you know.  It’s scary because one just doesn’t know how badly a broken heart might hurt.   Nobody likes to hurt.  But when you think about it, aren’t some things worth some pain?  Aren’t some things worth a broken heart?

What breaks your heart?  What are you willing to be broken for?



2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 9:36 pm

    I love this post! I have found that I write the best when my heart is broken….and you are right, God is sitting right there! It’s really a love/hate relationship that I have with a broken heart….but the deep relationship with God and the revealing of His Spirit and His power that comes from a broken heart surrendered to Him is beyond joy, beyond amazing and totally worth it!!

  2. hopetuttle permalink
    February 24, 2012 2:00 pm

    Wow, so powerful.

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