I was very honored to be selected to be a part of the launch team that Jeff Goins put together for his new book Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life which will be available in a few short days.
Are YOU Ready To Be Wrecked?
You won’t want to read this book if you are completely happy with your life and you have no desire to be moved or changed in any way. If that is the case for you then this book isn’t for you.
If, however, you are looking for a chance to be moved, to be inspired, to look outside yourself and let the hurting world around you wreck you then this book is a book that you will want to check out.
As I was reading this book I found it was impossible to not have my heart moved. When we look outside of ourselves at the needs of many people who are hurting and in need it opens us up to experience gratitude for all that we have and also to hurt along with those who are hurting.
My First Wrecked Experience
I remember the first time that I felt wrecked. I was about fifteen and I was on a trip in a very poor part of Mexico with other teens from my church. We drove into the town in the two vans and saw all of the “houses” which were built with nothing more than thin pieces of wood. I’ve seen better quality tree houses here in the states. The homes were for full families and many only had one room.
It was a hot July day and we initially parked at a park which overlooked the houses. The first thing that we noticed was a really bad smell and we soon found out that the people had just had a funeral for a child, a young girl who had died recently.
Later we went to the orphanage where we would be playing with the kids and building them a bathroom. All they had was an outhouse that made a port-a-potty look like a mansion. The kids were thrilled to play with us and the language barrier meant nothing. Most of us knew some basic Spanish but not enough to hold an actual conversation.
We had brought some basic first aid supplies to give to the orphanage and the kids were completely blown away with the plain brown band-aids. They absolutely loved them. It really amazed me because I was working with young kids at a preschool back home and the kids from the US would pout and complain if they didn’t get a band aid with cool enough cartoon characters. Yet these little ones living in a tiny orphanage in a tiny town of Mexico thought the plain ones were the best thing ever.
We don’t need to go to a foreign country to get wrecked and motivated to help make a difference in the lives of others. There are plenty of needs where we all live.
When I was in college I made it a habit to give money and food to the beggars in the city. There are even more homeless people now begging than there were back then with the current economy. My husband and I have given them sleeping bags and other items that we no longer needed but didn’t want to throw out.
Someday when my kids are a bit older I would like to take them to serve the homeless. I would like them to gain an appreciation for how much we have and to have open eyes and compassion to those with less than we have. At this point in their young lives they mostly only see the beggars on the side of the road in the city or from stories that we share with them about the less fortunate.
We can even look closer to home to become wrecked. People all around us are hurting and it’s not just the physically poor. People often live with hurts that we have no idea about until we ask about their lives. If we allow ourselves to hurt for and with others we can open ourselves up to helping others in deep and meaningful ways. We can make a real difference in the world.
If you are interested in learning more about the book visit the Wrecked website. You can also find out about the free bonuses that Jeff is offering that are valued at $158!
To Your Success,