300_444574If you are not familiar with the author Ann Voscamp, you may want to be. Ann is no ivory tower dweller. Her life has been at times, in the trenches. But, she does not dwell there. Her life of pain and trenches has led to living a very altruistic life. After reading her blog revealing the living situation of the citizens in Iraq ( “Into Iraq: #1, Love in the Time of ISIS”.) I was gripped with the realization that I have fallen so prey to self-serving living. Once the wheels of daily suburban life start grinding I get caught up in the swirl of white picket fences, mini-van living, what’s for dinner mode. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We must love and care for ourselves before we can truly love others. I don’t want to change places with anyone. My challenge is how to use all that has been given me to live a more others focused life. A life of not just seeing the broken, but dwelling in their pain, dwelling to the point where I must take action. Sacrificial action. The zeal of right vs. wrong has lost its appeal. Politics has a place most definitely. I love living in the land of the free, home of the brave. So true. But what I  am searching for is the breaking free of fear and moving in the direction of truly, madly, deeply loving others. “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them”. Luke 6:32.

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