Changing the World

Friday, March 27, 2015
    This world is a dangerous, scarred place. There are things that we see and experience that would not exist without sin. Creation itself is groaning because of the sin we have allowed (Romans 8:22). Things are looking pretty bleak for this world.

      I have found that there are three kinds of people: 1) People who know where this world is heading and are willing to sacrifice their time and effort to do something about it, 2) people who don't want to do anything about it, and 3) people who can't even see what's happening to this world. I would like to think that I am part of the first category, even though I am very young. I want to do something about it, but I am not sure that I am capable. (Do Hard Things is a great book. Alex and Brett Harris challenge the teenage generation to make a difference despite their age.)  All too often I forget that I have the God of the universe dwelling inside of me and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
      I watched a video called Living on One Dollar in Spanish yesterday, and it really sparked a desire inside of me to help people. There are billions of people out there that are destined to be poor their whole lives. They want to learn and go to school and really live, but here we are in the great US of A sitting on our smartphones and dreading school and taking all the opportunities we have for granted. I won't hardly even have to pay for college because of the money my grandpa left for me; I have so much potential to really help people, but I sit in geometry class and obsess over Zayn leaving One Direction instead of trying to excel. Yes, the U.S. has developed equal opportunity for citizens, but it has also developed an ungrateful generation who is too afraid to really live and would rather obsess over the latest fad than really put their life into something that is lasting. 
     Y'all, we have an unending hope, something that will never fade and never die. Shouldn't we want to share that hope? Shouldn't we want to put our all into showing others Christ? 
      My challenge to y'all, and to myself, is to live purposefully and sincerely. Take every opportunity you get with an outstretched hand because there are others around the world that will never be  able to reach their dreams. As the author says in Hebrews twelve, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." 
     Yes, this world is miserably flawed, but we can do something  about it. We can show others the glorious, unending hope of Christ. We can change this world one soul at a time because we are on the winning side, the side of Jesus Christ. 

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