Making a Difference?
Sunday, October 23, 2011
My whole life I have wanted to make a difference in the world in which I live. This has always seemed to be somewhat insane, but still what I desire deep down. It has been frustrating to want to make a difference so much, but to see so little possibility of it ever happening. I am going to share a quote or two with you that I heard today from the church I am attending at the moment.
"Yet, with the power of God, the smallest gift can become the greatest change."
The pastor ended his sermon with this prayer. "God give us discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that instead we may live deep within our hearts. Grant us anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may wish for justice, freedom, and peace. Bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen."
I love that last line. Bless us with enough foolishness... That really is what it feels like to me, foolishness and yes, I do want that. I want to believe that I can make a difference. Sometimes I am quite the cynic. I have a hard time believing that my recycling my Sunday newspaper, does much if any good. I have a hard time believing that my financial decisions makes a difference to others much. I have a hard time believing that my going to church and trying to live a Christian life makes much of a difference either, but in the end, I have to do what I can and be who I am. I am a Christian, I am a recycler, I am a person who tries to think before I do something. I want my actions to reflect my beliefs and who I am and I hope in the long run that makes some kind of difference, more than just reaffirming who I am and what I believe in.
Also watched an episode from Season 2 of West Wing, I think it was, where President Bartlett is having one of those am I making a difference days. A law he hates and believes is completely wrong will pass with or without his vote, normal procedure for dealing with black market oil/UN Sanctions just seem inadequate and the idea for helping those who want to be teachers go to college will be researched to start with maybe 100 teachers, not 100,000. His response is that it is a start. And I guess that is what it is for all of us.
Yes, these answers won't always be satisfying. I find them incredibly frustrating sometimes, but I doubt I will give up, because it is who I am.