There is a lot a stuff going on right now. Everyone is talking about something. We all have thoughts and opinions and our own heartaches and triumphs we want to share. We all want to be heard about something, if not on facebook or through an email, then maybe just by our coworkers, friends, or family. Words. Words are coming out of our mouths with ferocious speed. Words are offending someone everywhere we turn. Just this afternoon I replied to a status as kindly as I could, then turned to my husband and ranted about my frustrations with said status for a minute or two.
The reality is, people are being killed. Tortured, raped, beheaded, mocked in the cruelest fashion. The reality is, mental illness is coming to our front pages – school shootings, killing sprees, suicide by a man who has made each of us laugh with quick wit and a downright twinkle in his eye. The reality is, everyone seems to be a political mastermind deadset on smearing every other opinion through the dirt, and then spitting on whoever dared to think a thought so different. The reality is, we are being bombard with issues and problems and terror that accompany a world with sin, and everywhere I turn someone is telling me I HAVE to care about every single issue and make each political statement my life mission and sign every petition and fly around the world taking out terrorists, otherwise what use am I?
Fuck, man. I feel like we are kinda missing out on a good opportunity here. I feel like everything is falling apart while I sit on my comfy couch next to my husband trying not to eat all the cookie dough in the freezer, ignoring the guilt I have for my luxurious lifestyle while I ignore the One who gave me what I have, trying to figure how to make a difference without losing all my stuff that I’m, like, glued to. Everything is falling apart while I am maybe not using gifts and resources to make a difference, but just hoarding for my own pleasure instead. Everything is falling apart while I try not to think about foreign jets flying over my husband’s ship until our jets chase them off, or nuclear bombs, or wars in general, or the months and months apart ahead of us, or all the damn political whatnot shoving ideas down everyone’s throat while we try to read them and the laws create some new Hell somewhere for someone, or trying to find a minute to catch my breath.
I just keep getting lost in this falling-apart world. I’m in my bubble here, with my husband on leave for a few more hours – but I’m on the verge of connecting these damn dots.
Jesus tells me again and again to love my neighbors, to put the wants and needs of others ahead of my own, to die to myself so I can gain life. Nothing is simple looking down on our mess, but up close, in our own worlds…maybe we can start changing. Maybe we can use our arms to connect dots. Or our wallets. Or the words we type.
I can stare at my phone less, and be present with my children.
I can smile at other stressed-out women I see at the park.
I can sew things to sell and donate the money to organizations fighting sex-trafficking, or providing aid, or feeding the homeless in Los Angeles, or mentoring kids in Fullerton, and on and on.
I can stop judging other people for having different opinions than mine, and work on removing my own sin before making sure everyone is looking at someone else’s.
I can use headlines as a prayer list and take the political blinders off my eyes so I start to connect real live people to party names and terrorist group names and victim names.
I can take time to thank God for what I do have, like my beautiful family, and make sure He knows I’m grateful, directly from my mouth to His ears.
Here is a list of links to article about way we can make a solid, tiny, but still meaningful difference in the world:
4 Totally Realistic Ways To Make A Difference In The World – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/make-a-difference-jim-ziolkowski-walk-in-their-shoes_n_3922625.html
5 Things You Can Do in the Next Hour to Fight Human Trafficking – http://hopeengaged.blogspot.jp/2014/04/5-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-fight.html
Israell-Gaza conflict: How to help – http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/28/world/iyw-israel-gaza-conflict-how-to-help/
What You Need To Know About What’s Happening In Iraq: This article was written by the founder and director of Preemptive Love Coalition, an organization in Iraq that provides heart surgery and assistance to families in need. Jeremy Courtney provides important insight into more than just what we see in the headlines. http://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/what-you-need-know-about-whats-happening-iraq-0