do something hard
do something hard
In a world with devastation, heartache, tragedy and darkness in every news cycle, I often feel the temptation to withdraw…to become complacent, like much of my generation.
It seems easier to get lost in my gym routines, my toddler’s newest word or bruise, career hopes, family dreams. But my heart yearns for more. As a Christ follower, I know the decree He gives us to GO. I know I am blessed in order to be a blessing. I know I am made to roar, and fight injustice, and battle against principalities and powers. But when will it stop? What good will this one good work do? Will this one act make any difference what so ever? It is in these moments, when we are asking these questions, that we must choose to continue to lean into the chaos, push into the conflict, address the tension. When we find ourselves begin to withdraw into our personal world, it is time to say “yes” to the fight.
God’s specialty is bringing wholeness in the midst of the brokenness. In the right-here-and-now of what seems like this hopeless reality, He sits in authority and calls each of us into action for His glory and our good. When the brokenness of the world seems like too much to handle, and like our work won’t make a difference, that is when we MUST take action.
These are the times to suck it up, and do something hard.
I have received some inspiration lately from this poem:
“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Teresa
It would be easy to sit back and choose to be indifferent towards the seemingly never ending cycle of evil. This choice would not cost me anything, except an occasional guilty conscience. The hard thing is to lay down our lives in the hope that we will indeed find true life as we lean into the chaos, not away from it, and do something hard.
This choice will cost us everything, but it’s a fair price.
Are you ready to do something hard? Want to shake off the passivity of our generation and FIGHT the darkness?
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