Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 15: Restoration

 Instead of taking "restoration" from the angle of what it means for the person in need, I decided to take it for what it means for us. 

There is a movie called, "What Dreams May Come" starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. It's a movie about heaven, hell, and family. In the end of the movie, Robin Williams decides to leave heaven and go down to hell to try and rescue his wife; however, his wife is in such a trance that he is unable to convince her to come with him. So he decides to give up heaven and stay with his wife. It was only when he was willing to leave heaven that he was able to save her because it was only when he was willing to be where she was that she was able to truly hear him. 

There is a saying that says, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." By now you are probably beginning to ask yourself what your role in all this is; what role does justice play in your life, what are you meant to do about all these things, etc. The time-tested truth is that restoration requires us being there. It requires us being on the frontlines, with the people, in order to truly be able to touch and help heal their lives. For some this means supporting financially, for others it means leaving their homes and going to where the people are. I can't say what this looks like for you, but I can say that it will require an abandonment of some sort; abandoning former comfort, abandoning former rights, abandoning, former ways, abandoning former priorities. I can also say that it's worth it. 

I challenge you to pick one of these justice topics that have really pricked your heart and pray, think about, and research what you can do to be apart of restoration for those people. 

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