Friday, January 13, 2012

Is It Really All About Me?

I have never known anything different than the life I have always lived.  There hasn’t ever been a major crisis, lack of food supply, or anything major that drastically impacted my life.  I hardly ever experience life threatening situations.  Many of us have this easy lifestyle, but there are also many of us who have experienced just the opposite. 

Have you ever thought about the other side of life?  Not the easy side that so many of us are granted - but the hard side that isn't really seen with a first glance.  Have you ever looked at life with a different perspective?  We know what it's like to give to good causes and help those in need, but most of us haven't really experienced anything where we know what it's like to be on the side receiving the offering.  Some of us contribute to charity when we are financially able to, but others just sit and watch when bad things arise.  They figure that ignoring the cause will make it all go away, but that really isn’t the solution.  Here on this Earth, we have a chance to make a change, a difference, an impact, or something that will last for years to come.  If we always sit on the sidelines and watch, then we will never be able to make that difference we always talk about.  We can’t just turn everything off when we don’t like what we hear, but we should face it and overcome it together. 

This selfish perspective on life is easy to understand when we get stuck thinking about only ourselves.  In reality, there is so much more going on than the things in our own little world.  There are global issues that have a major effect on communities when we are worried about the day to day friendship problems that impact our small groups of people.  I’m not saying that friendship issues aren’t worth caring about, but sometimes, there are things going on outside of your own life.  Just maybe, if you look away from your daily issues, you could see the bigger picture that says “You aren’t the only one in need.”  Once you understand that, you can switch views and take on a perspective that allows you to care for someone other than yourself.

Did you ever think about the fact that there are seven billion people on this Earth and that you are only one of them?  Did it ever cross your mind, that out of the seven billion people in the world, that there is someone so much worse off than you are?  Most importantly, did you ever think that you could be missing out on something big?  You could be in the place where you have escaped the greater picture that God wants to put in your mind, but you just won’t take the time to listen to Him.  Just think to yourself…is that where I am?  Is there something that God wants me to see?  Could you be living a greater purpose, God’s purpose, where you are currently only living your own?  If there is a better way to live life, and it is available to you anytime you want to accept it, then why wouldn’t you take it?  Ask yourself…Is that where I am?  Is this where I want to be?  Outside your world, there are people who are suffering and in situations where their lives are on the line.  What if it were you?  You would want someone to help you, wouldn’t you? 

Take time to stop and reflect on everything you commit your service hours to.  Are you being an example in the community for those who don’t know what service is?  Are you making an effort to make a change?  Sometimes, we get those little glimpses of what it is like to have a life of service.  For a brief moment, we scarcely understand the fact that not everyone has it as well as we do.  For that little paused moment, did you ever stop to think that service isn’t just when it is convenient but that it is a lifestyle…that it could be your lifestyle if you would let it be? 

So…what if there is a bigger picture?  What if you are missing something big?  I have been there, and it makes me feel so guilty.  Sometimes, I get so selfish and revisit these feelings.  Ask God to show you open doors to lead you in the path He wants you to take.  You can’t live this life alone, so ask the only one who can to help you live it.  Ask God to show you the way to the light…the way to make a difference.

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