“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.” — Luke 10:33 NLT
“When we live to care, we die to fear.” – Josh Dotzler
Too often, we are afraid of what we don’t know or understand. Our bodies and minds are designed to keep us safe, so if we don’t know how something will end, we’re most likely going to avoid it altogether.
Throughout history, we have avoided people who are different than us. Jews and gentiles avoided each other, cowboys and Indians, democrats and republicans, black and whites, Bluejays and Huskers… I guess that’s a Jaysker.
We avoid and talk down on what we don’t value and what we don’t understand. Jesus shows us the power of interacting with people we don’t understand or people our culture tells us to avoid. When we get to know someone’s story, we get a heart for why they are the way they are. When we get close to challenges in our world, our hearts begin to break. We begin to get the heart of God.
For some, your purposes on connected to people and places of your greatest fears. Fear keeps us at a distance from those people and places. Fear doesn’t want us to get close because we might start to care. Our hearts might get moved with compassion which will lead to action.
What you avoid might be essential to the purpose you were created for!
How can you engage with people and go to places you’ve been afraid to go?