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it’s not all about me

It was one of those spur of the moment things once again and I guess He specialises in using them :).  We caught the last instalment of the church’s series on JUSTICE and this week it was about the injustice experienced and still being experienced by the Indigenous people of Australia.  It never fails to amaze me that in the 21st century, in our supposed 1st world country, there is still such a gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians: 90% unemployment in some NT communities, shorter life expectancy, higher mortality rate… the stats go on.  Elsewhere in the world, there is human trafficking, asylum seekers (closer to home), refugees, famine stricken regions, poverty…

It had been a long week where I felt my faith was being shaken.  Being placed in an unfamiliar environment, I’d started to feel small, insignificant, isolated, lost in my own situation… I thank God for bringing me out of my own self-absorbed thoughts to realise that hey, it’s not all about me.  There’s a world out there that’s hurting, dying, in pain and it is our call as followers of Christ to heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free and love those who have been forgotten.

We were encouraged at the end of the service to take a red string and tie it to the steel fence set up on stage, as a resolution to let our hearts be broken for the things that break the heart of God: injustice in our world.  The lyrics of this song has just resonated with my soul and given me fresh perspective on the way life is to be lived and who we are living for…

God of Justice, Saviour to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in every way
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us, what You require
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out Lord

God of Justice, Tim Hughes

♥ Ames

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