You and I are living at a time in history where we’ll be remembered for how we respond to the issues that surround us. Never before has there been more hatred, name calling, and finger pointing then there has been over the past few years. We’ve forgotten who we are, and we’ve treated others as less than human.
Like it or not, we live in a world where we’re defined by the color of our skin, the place of our origin, or the God we worship. But these things don’t define us; they simply play a part in shaping who we become.
It’s easy to lose our sense of reality when we’re so concerned with how people view us.
All of us want to belong.
We want to matter,
and we choose how we respond to what’s going on in the world based off of how others will view us. We pick sides because we’re conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. We stay silent about injustice when it goes against our particular camp, and lift our voices in response to trivial issues that ultimately mean nothing.
But I’m convinced that you and I will be remembered for how we choose to respond to what’s happening right now in this world. We will be defined by how we chose to live in what’s becoming a very dark place.
And I guess I have to ask the question,”What is your life about?” You know, there’s just so much we can be living for today. Whether it’s people’s opinions, or our possessions, our status in this world, or something greater. We all have to face that question.
What do we want our life to be about?
I’ve spent so much time in my life trying to figure out who I am. And I think we all go on that same journey of self discovery and adventure. It seems as if more and more people are waking up to the reality that they don’t have everything figured out, and maybe that’s a good thing. Nothing is black and white. Nothing is set in stone. We don’t have to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors. We don’t have to be something we’re not. We can forge a new path. We can pioneer a better future. And I don’t know about you, but I think that’s exactly what we have to do.
Our world is fractured. Division and hatred, opposition, and ostracization.
Things aren’t good.
People are hurting.
Children are starving.
Terror is reigning.
And then there’s you and I.
For some reason, we find ourselves here, at this moment in history. Perhaps to simply exist while we watch the world unfold and self implode. But perhaps-----perhaps there’s more. Maybe you and I exist at this point in the grand scheme of things, in order to bring change. To raise our voices to the heavens and declare that we will not stand for this. We will not continue the downward spiral we see the rest of the world headed in. Maybe we’re here to use our gifts, talents, and voices to make the world better. To offer hope and compassion to those in need. To stand up for those who can’t. To speak for those who won’t. To live in such a way that the rest of humanity watches almost in disbelief. How can we live like that? How can we choose to live for something bigger than me and you?
I believe it begins at the end of our comfort zone.
We like ease. We desire peace. And when we feel comfortable, it’s hard for any real change to happen. We’ve got to be willing to take a leap into the unknown, forgetting our past and reaching for a better future. If we truly want to inspire change and live a better story, then we must realize that it will be messy.
It will leave us exhausted and worn out,
broken at times and lost at others.
But in the end, it will be worth it. A life of comfort seems to be the American Dream, but if we want our lives to count for anything, that comfort must be left behind. I know what I’m saying is counter cultural. It doesn’t make sense and there’s probably a part of you that thinks I’m insane. But I’ve chased so many things in my life that have ultimately left me empty and abandoned. I don’t want to live for that anymore. Comfort never truly did anything for me. But it’s been in those moments when I’ve let myself dive into the unknown, that I’ve seen miracles happen. I’ve seen what happens when we allow ourselves to be a part of a bigger story.
Second, We must fight injustice in all it’s forms.
You and I are here right now because we’ve been tasked with a holy mandate. A call to stand up for the marginalized and abandoned. We’ve been given all that we have in order to spend it waking the world up to the fact that we all matter. Each of us is unique, and ultimately beautiful. Our lives weave together a beautiful tapestry of hope and life. A mosaic made up of vastly different pieces, together forming something worth fighting for. And if we remain silent, we have no one to blame but ourselves for the future we’re creating.
You don’t have to go far to see what we’re faced with. But we have a choice. We can either go on about our lives in blissful ignorance. Or we can choose to fight. We can choose to speak out against fear.
I don’t know what you believe. Or where you stand. But we cannot ignore what’s happening right now. I believe that God has placed us here for a reason. Maybe that reason is to challenge everything we think we know. Maybe it’s to advocate for justice and equality. Maybe it’s simply to be faithful to what He’s placed right in front of us. But I know for me, I can’t just stay silent anymore. I can’t let how people view me dictate how I choose to live.
I believe that we all have a responsibility to wake up and live. To stop existing and start flourishing. Not just for the sake of an American Dream, or a life of comfort. But for the sake of humanity, and a future that isn’t quite ours yet. What will you do with the time you’ve been given? I’m going to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, and I’m going to spend my days convincing others to do the same.
So ask yourself,
“What do I want my life to be about?”