Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's been awhile...

The topic of the day is something that's been on my mind for awhile. Why do such terrible things happen to such good people? I'm sitting in my beautiful home, with my amazing family, just got back from the most relaxing vacation, and I'm still ungrateful. There are people suffering all over the world; with sickness, grief, anger. There are people unable to pay their bills, people waking up everyday worried about how they will put food on the table. And I'm sitting in my house worried about what I'm going to wear today and what I'm going to do tonight. I suppose ignorance is normal, I mean, if you don't know the other side of the picture, how are you supposed to empathize? Still, I wish I could understand and I wish there was something I could do. The famous quote is "Be the change you wish to see in the world." But we all live in our little bubbles our whole lives, thinking someone else will "be the change." I don't want to do that my entire life. I want to make an impact. I'd like to think that by teaching, I'm going to make a difference. But still, what's enough? People are still hurting all over the world while others sit back and watch. What can we do about it? Obviously, we can pray. We can get involved. We can show them Jesus' love in every way possible. Maybe, one day I'll understand exactly how to be the change and do all these things. I guess that's another huge part of growing up.

1 comment:

  1. When Gandhi said "be the chance you wish to see" he was speaking to people asking the same question you were asking, "what's enough." Around the same time, Mother Teresa began to take his advice and put love into action... she became the change she wished to see... and people resented her. They told her that she was no good and that what she was doing was never going to matter. But she continued because it was important to her and because she saw something that touched her so much she would not be able to sleep at night knowing and experiencing poverty. The difference between Gandhi/Mother Teresa and the world we live in is that they worked on finding the answer to that question, while most people go through life wondering and briefly considering such things while being comfortable. I think the only answer is to get out of your comfort zone and meet the poor face to face. I'll take you one a mission trip any time you want.