Whose responsibility is it to change the world? It is mine; it is yours. Have you thought about just what that means, though? What are we trying to change? Some are concerned about global warming or the diminishing numbers of animal species on our earth. Some are looking for world peace or an end to starvation. How can one little person make any dent in the troubles of Earth? We may not be able to single-handedly change the current of Earth’s troubles, but by God’s grace and power we can make a difference for now and for eternity.
First of all, it is important to know what we believe in. What is important to you? What beneficial changes do you see that could be made? What power will drive those changes?
God has promised us both wisdom and strength. He has high ideals for each one of us in His word, the Bible. He wants us to have peace–not only on a global scale, but on a level that touches our very being and the lives of those closest to us. He wants us to have joy–not fleeting, disappointing gaiety, but deep, hopeful, lasting joy. And He wants us to have love–a love that is based on a decision to care and the empowerment of God’s Holy Spirit.
It is easy for us to look out at the world and throw our hands up in despair. Tornadoes and earthquakes and volcanoes are wreaking havoc with homes and lives. Entire populations are starving. Families are falling apart. People are living and dying without hope. What can one person do?
We must be willing to start where we are. I may not be able to go on a mission trip to India, but I can certainly help with the needs in my home town. Ask God where He wants to use you. If He calls you to India, by all means, go! But if not, do not let that be an excuse to sit back, disinterested. Start at home. Really. Be a friend to your own family members. Then reach out and head for the community you live in.
It is also important to keep an awareness of the moments we live. Be available as they pass to do and say as the Holy Spirit calls you to. Perhaps it is as simple as noticing that your child could use a hug, the cashier could use a smile or your spouse could use an encouraging word. Maybe it is time for something bigger: volunteer at your local food bank, put on a Vacation Bible School for the children of your community, take your own family and special friends on a camping trip. Moments add up and by spending them with others in mind, the spirit of kindness and heavenly love will spread.
This world is a huge place, but our God is a mighty God. We must always keep in mind that He has given each of us as individuals the power of choice. I cannot choose for my daughter or neighbor or the guy at the post office to be happy, peaceful, and loving; but I can choose those things for myself. By choosing God, He will work those awesome things in me. Then by living a life of awareness and readiness to His call, even “little” me–and you!–will have power to help change this world, one moment at a time.