“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
Interesting to think that with all the talking heads, analysts, and pundits in our world, they really have little chance at impacting society. It is the people who put their selves on the line each day who make a difference. It is those people who “fail”, not just some but a lot, who end up changing our world (see bio on Thomas Edison for example). The lesson of the story? If you are passionate about homelessness, get involved. If you feel that education is the key to bringing the less fortunate into the mainstream, get involved. If you want to drink clean water, breath healthy air, eat fish from the local lake, get involved. For someone who “communicates” as a vocation, I have to realize that words can only do so much (actually very little). The real power is in putting words into action. Taking small steps toward making things better for you, your family and our world. Jesus might say it like this, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” So let’s fight for the underpriviledged, stand up for the powerless, care for the needy, and help those who need a hand. (Sounds like an ad for the United Way!) Let us be the change that we long to see in the world.
An ancient proverb says, “The best leader, the people do not notice. When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’ ” Nothing to add to that!
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This is an interesting blip that suggests little “correlation” between personality test scores (types) and success in a number of endeavors. We are a society who likes to categorize. Think about it, we all fall into categories based on our gender, education, career, family status etc., etc., etc. Categories are fine and even useful at times. But I also know that so many times we limit ourselves by the categories we fall into. These boxes (categories) at their worst stifle creativity, subdue initiative and downright destroy hope. God transcends all categories and therefore if we are with God so do we. Our possibilities are limited only by God’s grace in our life which, by the way, is not limited. Moses was put in the box of a poor communicator yet God used him mightily. Rahab was put in the box of “social outcast” and God used her mightily. Don’t, I repeat DO NOT, allow the outside world dictate what you can and can not do! Give your complete selves to God and go wherever God sends you to do whatever God tells you to do.
To the victor goes the spoils, but with over $300 million in payroll between them, both the Red Sox and the Yankees are already spoiled. $300 million to play a game! I need to do some research, but my guess is that this is more than the GDP of a few Central American and African countries combined. Take a look around and see the excesses of our American culture and be amazed at what we take for granted. Running water, dependable electricity, 200+ TV stations, and a Starbucks within 15 minutes of our current location. Let’s heed Jesus’ warning that creature comforts have the tendency to pull us away from God’s Kingdom and be vigilant about getting too comfortable. Now I am not one to say that we do without or go and live in a cave somewhere. (I also believe that Starbucks is an inaliable right!) But I do believe we need to be more thankful of our circumstance and more conscientious of our friends and neighbors who are without.
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Check out this linked story from the Dallas Morning News. Can you believe that this historic event is followed by such an episode? Three men in history have hit 700 or more home runs and what are we writing about? A lawsuit. Is this what we as a society have morphed into? Chasing our dreams through other people’s success. Finding ourselves waiting around (for a baseball in this case) hoping that good things will just naturally fall into our lap that we miss life? And when it doesn’t happen we blame others. From this day on, choose to live in the moment and be determined to make a difference for you, your family, neighbors, co-workers, and the rest of society. God would not have us do anything less.