Try as we might, we just can't do it.
We can't stop the evil that is so abundantly prevalent in our world.
We can't agree on politics and see eye to eye on how the world should be run.
We can't cure every disease.
We can't rid the world of mental illnesses.
We can't get rid of the violence, the greed, the selfishness, the desire for power.
We can't feed every hungry person or completely eradicate poverty or homelessness.
We can't force people to get out of their own way or to make good and moral decisions.
We can't make every person care about the environment or the animals that are going extinct.
We can't find a home for every child who doesn't have a family.
We can't create equal rights for all or convince everyone to set aside their biases.
We can't eliminate fires or hurricanes or tornadoes or earthquakes.
Because this world is riddled with sin. Every person you meet on the street is sinful. We are surrounded by evil on a daily basis. There is absolutely no way we can get away from it. It started way back when we thought we needed to know everything, gained our free will and started making stupid decisions. This world is full of violence, ignorance, selfishness, and greed. That will never go away.
And what can I do? I'm one person in a world of many. I can't make a difference. I can't stop the hurt or the pain. I'd love it if I could solve every problem that this world faces, but even if I could, not everyone would agree with my solutions.
It feels pretty hopeless.
And I feel helpless.
And many of you probably do too.
But that's a lie.
It isn't hopeless and
You are not helpless.
See, God created you with amazing gifts and and a wonderful heart. You already have the capabilities to make a difference. I don't know what that means for you. But I know what that means for me, at least on some levels.
It means raising educated and compassionate kids who step in to help when needed and think outside the box to come up with ways that can contribute.
It means sharing my heart and the words that God puts upon it here in my blog and when I speak to others.
It means donating time or money or goods to the tragic events happening across the world.
It means bringing a bright spot to someone's life by sending them a card in the midst of their devastation.
It means random acts of kindness and compliments, encouragement and smiles. You just never know how you will affect someone's day or month or life with a simple act.
It means researching an issue dear to my heart to find out what I can do to help.
It means being a good friend when a good friend is needed.
It means respecting different viewpoints, even when I don't agree with them.
(Respect = not belittling).
It means volunteering my time to be a positive influence to the kids and teens in my community.
And although it might not seem like much to some people, it means praying. Because I'll be honest: I'm limited, but God's not. My prayers, your prayers: they are important.
Maybe for you it means making a meal for someone or writing a letter to your congressman about something that's important to you. Or traveling across the country to help victims of a natural disaster. Or maybe it's volunteering at an animal shelter or being a foster parent to a child (or kitten!) Maybe it's going the extra mile for a co-worker or showing up when most people wouldn't.
Seriously, people, the possibilities are endless! Take a look at who you are and use your gifts to make a difference!
This world is ugly and is covered in scars.
We humans put them there.
But this world is also beautiful because of our hearts and our desire to make a difference and because of a God who can bring beauty up out of the ashes.
Don't give up hope amidst the darkness.
Just let your heart shine brighter.