This weekend I was in TJ, Mexico building a house with my good friend Matt and a team from Indianapolis. As I was cutting shingles for the roof I asked Jesus to speak to me about issues that are on his mind and heart. I am starting to prepare a teaching on Justice/Calling and Steps of Obedience so I decided to see what Jesus had to say about those issues.
Almost immediately after asking I heard Jesus speak (not audible, thought that would be cool, but just in my head). I heard him say “what does it look like to turn injustice into something beautiful?” Man, this is some good stuff. I didn’t have my i-phone with me so I went back to the way that most of the world does things and grabbed a piece of wood and a construction pencil and started writing.
Another thought came into my head. “You can’t just go around talking about how shitty the world is without going and doing something to change it.” This thought came while on the roof. We needed more shingles and so I asked the team to get some. I asked a couple of times and got no response (they were to excited about nailing shingles on the roof to get on the latter and bring them up, understood). So I thought “the only way that these shingles are going to get up here is if I stop thinking about them being here, stop expecting someone else to bring them up and do it myself.”
As I was on the roof thinking about these things I looked over the hills and say a little girl walking around in a dirty shirt, dirty shorts and a tutu. This image burned and is burned into my mind. This is what I am talking about, beauty in the ashes. This so represented God’s heart for the poor. We shouldn’t feel sorry for them, we should see the beauty that is already there and help to bring it out. Don’t just look at the stats and the ugliness of the world, but do something to change it.
I believe that if we see the beauty in the injustices in the world and the beauty that injustice can become that we will be more driven to get involved and create change. We all want to create something beautiful, let’s stop talking and start creating what is already there, but not seen.
One step in doing this is to check out the Steps Of Justice Prayer/Action guide. If you are interested in getting one please let me know.