This is one of those days when I read the headlines, and I think, "The world is spinning out of control, and how can my life count for anything in this turmoil and chaos?" There is the threat of nuclear war from any number of players. Who will perfect their nuclear capabilities first? North Korea or Iran? And who can stop them?
The world's financial stability is hanging on by a thread, and we're told that "things are getting better". But deep within, we know that things could come crashing down at any moment.
The threat of religious persecution is spreading across the globe, with Christians in the Middle East, India, and Africa bearing the brunt of this oppression. How long before we are shaken from our comfortable faith?
And closer to home and more personal, I can feel that things here in America are approaching a boiling point. Executive orders make it possible for unlawful seizures, attacks by drones, and the dissolution of our Constitution. So with all of this depressing reality, how am I supposed to live my life?
In the current circumstances there is much we can do. We can teach skills we've acquired, educate others about how to safeguard their families and property, share the Word with someone who needs to hear it. We are all on our own journey through this span of time. No matter where you are on that timeline, you have learned from your past and are surely anticipating what's ahead. Everyone you come in contact with can benefit from your experiences and your hopes and ideas.
I am not the same person I was four or five years ago. My perspective about the future has changed, as well as my skill set and my goals. I no longer picture myself growing old gracefully into my "golden years". The "things" of the world don't seem to glitter like they did. Instead, I am attracted to learning again; and its the traditional skills such as canning, gardening, soap-making, and bread-baking that have captured my attention. I am revisiting the ideology that founded this country and incorporating it into my way of life. And I re-discovered a talent for writing that God instilled in me, but I had buried due to the distractions of the world. I also acquired a renewed passion for His Word and a burning desire to know the God of the Bible. What is he trying to tell us? And I want to share every new discovery about Him with all those in my path! I want my life to count for Him! And I can't help feeling there is an urgency about all of it.
So how do we matter in this crazy, mixed up world? By doing the small things .... tell your story to someone; share of yourself; make a connection with another human being. We are not meant to sit, cowering in a corner, afraid of impending events. We are meant to enrich each others' lives and show our Father's love to the world. How do you do that in light of the nightly news? You don't ignore what is happening around you, but you don't let it dictate to your heart. Pay attention and then ask Him to guide you and to put you in front of those who need to hear what you have to say. Look for the chances to share your talents and gifts. And don't worry; the opportunities will come. Your life does matter .... now more than ever.
Romans 15:1-2 "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up."