There are days I wonder how I am having an impact in this world. The vast amount of suffering and pain is almost immobilizing to a heart that cares about it. Where do I even start?
It starts right where I am at.
Many world-changers never grow into their own shoes because the problems they hear about solving are a continent away. When in reality, tragedy lives next-door.
Who is a part of my life? Who do I see on a regular basis? Who do I have a relationship and, therefore, trust with? What is their biggest point of pain? What challenges do they face every single day?
How can I be present in their suffering? How can I seek solidarity in their life? What resources, time, energy, could I sacrifice for their good?
I have to acknowledge something I've been thinking about as I've thought about my contribution in the world. From what position am I operating from? What advantage, power, or privilege have I not merited?
I am a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian, American male. For all intents and purposes, relative to the rest of the world, I won the genetic, socioeconomic, (fill in the blank with any other category) lottery.
I don't say that in proud arrogance but rather determined humility. What will I do with that? Squander my life on selfish endeavors? Live for the pursuit of riches, pleasure, comfort? Or...
Use the position, power, and privilege to speak for those who can't, to stand up for the weak, the marginalized, the oppressed. To lock arms with those who are hurting or "different."
I saw a commercial recently about a man walking through life with the weight of the world on his back. He saw the stray dog, the drop-out, the homeless, the war-torn, the hurting. The commercial ends with a quote, "Action lifts the weight of caring."
Just start somewhere. If you don't have a clue where, here's the aim I am making this week:
Feeling follows action, and the feeling that comes from generosity creates inspiration. It's the kind of inspiration the births vision--vision that creates real progress and moves the world forward.
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