Sunday, January 13, 2013

Be the Change

It's entirely too easy to give up and say that the world is what it is, and that nothing I say or do will make a difference.  It's comfortable to continue living my life the way I want to live it and not to help where I see a need, not to go out of my way to make an impact, and not to put too much effort into something that I feel won't directly affect me.  I mean, come on, right? When it's just one person against the world, nothing's ever going to get accomplished.  There are billions of people out there. I can't possibly make a difference all by myself.

That's absolutely true.

So, what if everybody said that?  What if nobody on Earth did a single random act of kindness? What if there were no good Samaritans? What if there were no doctors or nurses because people didn't care about the health of other people?  What if there were no police officers or firefighters because nobody cared about the safety of other people? What if nobody stopped to help anybody ever on the side of the road because they ran out of gas or had a flat tire? What if homeless people had nowhere to go because nobody cared enough to build a shelter? What if out-of-work people starved to death because nobody bothered to donate food to local pantries?

What if you didn't have a single person to talk to you about your troubles in life?  What if you had to face everything alone -- no partner, no friends, no family?

The great thing about this flawed existence is that we do have one another.

We are not meant to live in isolation.  Just as there is someone who will be there for you to lift you up, you may be certain there is someone else out there who you are to be building up and encouraging as well.  This weekend in our church service, Dr. Bob Laurent (whom I am convinced is a lot like what Jesus would be like if He were walking around this planet today...) talked about resetting our relationships and how we were not meant to face this world alone.  THIS is why we're on the Journey together.

Joyce Meyer says this: "God places certain people in each of our lives to help us.  If we do not receive their help, we can become frustrated and overworked.  Likewise, they feel unfulfilled because they are not using their gifts and are unable to develop their own sense of accomplishment... Let as many people help you as possible.  If you do, you will last a lot longer and will enjoy yourself a lot more -- and others will be blessed as they find purpose in doing their part.  God has created us to be interdependent on one another, not independent of each other.  WE NEED EACH OTHER!" [emphasis mine].

How does all of this weave into 'being the change'?  It's simple.  As I stated before, a single person cannot make a difference.  But the coming together of several single people can, and will.

Surround yourself with people who are committed to making positive change in their own lives and in the world around them.  If you're following the Journey, you've already got a head start.  Now let's share it with others, too.

Stephanie Jean

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