Sometimes I feel responsible for all the things in all the world. All the things that move me. That break my heart. That make my palms go sweaty and that keep me up at night. Syria and violence in school and hunger and rape and children who don’t have a mom and a dad or place to lay their head. I’m a avid fan of NPR and BBC and I like to keep abreast of current events… But sometimes I can’t handle it all. The burden just becomes too heavy. I want to adopt all the kids and feed all the refugees and demand action and justice and mercy for all the people everywhere amen.
Do you do this? Do you obsess about the world around us? All the pain and the hurt and the injustice and the loneliness? It can be agonizing for those of us whose hearts bleed at the slightest provocation.
My own little world isn’t immune to suffering. We struggle, too. Surgeries and sickness, death and loss. Relationships that are just plain difficult. But we work hard to bathe everything in grace, to remind ourselves that when life doesn’t go the way we planned we need to use our words, walk away, ask for help. And in every circumstance, good and bad, we are to be kind, respect one another, show love. Most days I wonder if anything is getting through… They pick fights and cry, shout at each other. I’m not much better. Barking orders, expecting follow-through, feeling tired and impatient and defeated.
But then, every once in a while, I peek outside the window and I see my own little United Nations playing football in the backyard. The oldest lobs an easy throw to the youngest. The other two fake a tackle. It’s a touchdown. And they all cheer.
We’re better together, friends. I see the spark of the eternal in you, and we can use this little flame to ignite the world. I can’t do it all and neither can you. But when you’re living out your calling, doing that thing that in your soul you know you were born to do, and I’m doing the same, we are a force to be reckoned with. Game changers, world shakers, the people who transform lives.
Want to fan the flame? Be an encourager. Don’t hold your tongue when something touches you. Never underestimate the power of a little support, a word of encouragement, a compliment that comes straight from the heart. Write a review. Give someone a hug. Tell them that you see who they are and what they’re doing–and it blesses you in ways that they will never fully know.
It’s #MuseMonday, friends. Go be someone’s inspiration.