I was reading my friend Phil's blog on the news and what is going on these days...the bridge in Minneapolis...Floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal...and Christian aid workers taken hostage in Korea. I was convicted, because my post on the news (Minneapolis - Cambodia) was more critical of the media and the response to all the situations as opposed to caring about people. Sometimes I get too caught up in how things are done instead of how I care about people. These are horrible things that are going on that are affecting real people. I don't know how to respond to these things, but I want the first response to be care for the people.
One day Jesus saw a huge crowd, they were a crowd that was not doing well, many were sick, many needed help, "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out worker's into his harvest field.'" (Matt. 9:36-38 - NIV)
Jesus first response was compassion, his second response was to pray, but to pray for people who would do something. I want to respond to the news of today like Jesus did to the news of his day - with compassion, and with an unquenchable thirst for something to be done.