A Life that Counts

    I want my life to count for something.

 

When I look around our world today, I see a lot of brokenness, and it makes me want to bring hope. For the longest time, I thought I was living for something worthwhile. Deep down I desired to bring change and influence people, hoping that one day maybe the world could be better. But life has a way of reshaping us and recreating us. It can strip us of everything we’ve used to build our facade, and pull the rug out from under our feet. Life can hurt. And it can wake us up to the reality that we don’t know anything.

 

Today, our country is divided. Black against white. Republican against Democrat. Gay against straight. We live at a time in history that demands we wake up, and live for something bigger than ourselves. It’s easy to go through life with blinders, ignoring what’s happening around us while the world burns. If we keep to ourselves and always approach life the same way, maybe the chaos won’t touch us. But if we choose to disregard the social and cultural issues that are taking place right now in our country, I’m convinced that our world will only get worse. And at the end, if we remain silent, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves.

 

How we respond to this moment in history means everything. Our approach to the issues at hand will ultimately define our legacy, and reveal who we truly are. Like it or not, humanity is at stake. The future of our world is hanging in the balance. And you and I must stand up and let our voices be heard. Violence only brings more violence. Disrespect only breeds disrespect. Hatred never makes way for a future we can proud of, and bigotry never solves anything.

 

I believe we can bring change. I believe we can make a better future for this world. But it will never happen as long as we keep choosing sides without considering the other’s viewpoint. We must be willing to listen to the stories of those around us. Those who look at the world differently. We must be understanding, and leave room for dialogue to occur.

 

The social climate we live in is one that encourages opinions and champions division. The line is drawn in the sand, and if we don’t pick a side, we might as well keep our mouths shut. But if we really want to promote peace in an age when it seems all but impossible, we must be willing to disrupt it. Before we can experience true peace, we must make room for it by engaging with those who differ in their beliefs.

 

Like I said, I want my life to count for something. And I think you do too. And while it’s easy to just blend in and lay low in a culture that is growing more and more divisive, I believe that if we truly want to make a difference, it starts by lifting our voices and letting our actions show that we aren’t going to settle for the life that everyone else seems to be fine with. You and I can bring hope to the hopeless. We can make way for unity and acceptance. We can fight for equality and respect. But we must be willing to step out of our comfort zones to do so. We’re alive right now, at this moment in history, for a reason. What are we going to do with the time that’s been given to us? I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of spending it on myself.