You might notice that I’m taking it a little easy this week on blogging and social media. It wasn’t planned, but as I unexpectedly went “technology light” on Monday, it felt like the right thing to do for the entire week.
As I quiet my mouth (or my typing fingers I guess), I am taking time to open my eyes and ears to those around me. I have been playing with the kids, intentionally looking into their eyes, capturing their laugh in my memory bank. I have been enjoying the silence when they nap, using the time that I would normally spend on the computer to read or just sit on the back porch and rest. I really feel like life slows down to a beautiful pace when I unplug for a bit.
I have a huge pile of books in my “to read” pile, but the first one I picked up this week was Kisses from Katie. I can’t seem to put it down. Not only is this book inspiring, but it is challenging. In fact, I feel like it is challenging me to my very core at times as her writing echoes words that I am hearing from multiple sources all at the same time. The challenge is simply this: Is what I’m doing matching up with what I profess to believe? Am I living out my faith? Do my actions match my words? The last thing I want to do is be another “comfortable Christian” who claims to know Jesus but fails to do anything He says to do.
Sometimes I just get caught up in my own comfortable life. I think that happens to everyone. But sometimes, even when I want to act, I stand paralyzed because the need seems too great. What in the world can someone like me do to make any kind of a difference?
Then I realized, it’s as simple as this:
When I feel overwhelmed, I need to remember that I cannot change the whole world. But I can change the world for one person. Our family can sponsor one child. I can bring one hot meal to a hurting family. I can teach one mom how to live a healthier lifestyle. I can look on one person with love and mercy when all they have ever felt from this world is judgement.
I can do something for somebody.
So today I am thankful. Thankful for some unplugged time this week, and for the wise words of a young woman who is living out her faith in a radical way. Thankful for the opportunities that I have to act out my faith, if I will only keep my eyes open to them.
What are you thankful for today? Do you ever feel paralyzed by the overwhelming need in the world? Are you a person of faith? If so, how do you act it out?