By: Darcy Mears, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
I asked a question to a group of women a few weeks ago. We were discussing the sad state of affairs affecting our world because of terrorism, cultural differences, and hate. I asked, “What is the one basic thing we are missing, the one thing that if we were to do, could make a powerful difference in our world?”
The interesting thing that will sometimes transpire after asking out loud is if you truly want an answer and you open your eyes, ears, and mind, the answer may come to you, and in possibly surprising ways.
Over the course of the following days, I heard numerous answers, but there are three things that resonated with me.
The first was a quote on the TV (and yes, I do tear up at the TV sometimes) “It may seem difficult to make a difference in this world but if you work with one person and create one new possibility at time, you may mean the world to that one person; and that’s enough.” I started thinking about this and wondering, what if everyone who could, created a new world for just one person? We would see awe-inspiring things happen all over the world and it would flourish beyond our imaginations.
The next thing I heard (this was after an extremely busy week) was “Take a rest, put your feet up, it will wait.” Initially, this seemed contradictory to working hard to make a difference, but then I realized, without proper rest, I do not have the ability to feel peace or quiet in my heart, listen to what God is telling me, or have the energy to pray. How can I (or anyone else) be our best or make rational decisions or stay positive if we do not take care of ourselves? It is imperative to find the time to replenish our souls with quiet.
And the third thing I heard came from an important person in my spiritual life who spoke the following scripture out loud and I felt like it was just for me. He had no idea about the question percolating in my mind, but it fit perfectly. The scripture was 1 John 2:10 – “Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.” For me, today, right now, I realized the point – to love all our brothers and sisters and to live in the light. With light leading our way, there is no room for hate or fear or ignorance.