Lately God has really been shaping me and I have regularly felt my heart breaking for the poor, hungry, and oppressed. I want so badly to partner with God in his work in the world by serving the least of these. My thoughts are consumed with what it would be like to suffer with and help end the suffering of those cast aside by our society.
At the same time, though, it is easy for churches to either focus on the spiritual life and neglect the poor, or to serve the poor and neglect the spiritual life. The temptation is to sway either way because it makes it easier. We usually focus on only one of the great commandments, either loving God OR loving our neighbor. The challenge is to serve our neighbor BECAUSE we love God first and foremost.
I want to be someone who cares about the things God cares about, but I don't simply want to be another 'program'. I want to care for God's creation as a result of my profound love for the Creator. May God continue to mold me into the man he wants me to be.