This week in church we talked about revolutions.
One thing that I love when talking about the life of Jesus is the fact that he came (or is said to have come) to a people and at a time when they were expecting a revolutionary. They wanted a hero to come in, knives blazing, and set them free from Roman rule.
Instead, the Jesus written about in the Bible is a dude who did things like heal people, give out bread, tell stories, and ultimately let himself be killed by those Roman rulers as an example of non-violence. That's the kind of change he was trying to make. It was the opposite of violent (or even political) revolt--it was about love and sacrifice.
It always makes me wonder about the parts of the world where I see a need for change now: what kind of revolution is really needed?
This week in church we talked about starting with what you have.
When faced with a big situation, we often feel like we have nothing to offer. Whether it's the monumental need of homelessness or our own life's demands, it's easy to feel like we can't even begin to address the problem and would be foolish to even try. But instead of starting with helplessness, what if we start by evaluating what we do have? And then maybe even try contributing that to the problem? Once a gift is shared, its impact can multiply in ways we would never have expected beforehand.
I often try to remind myself that I would rather look foolish by doing something that shows I care than do nothing and appear to not care at all.
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