Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Here and Now

Doing things that make little difference is unfulfilling. 

How can we bring value to the lives of the greatest amount of people on this planet while we have breath? 

I've had so many blessings already in life and what I'd like to do is share what I've learned with others so they can experience the same joys. Making a product that adds some benefit to other's lives is fine but I'm looking for more than that. More than something that is a benefit today but will grow dim tomorrow.

What if?
What if we could do something for others that would truly change their world from today forward? What if after meeting with us others walked away changed forever. What if that change was so significant that they had to share it with others who were also changed. 

Helen Keller said, “Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.” 

There is so much pain in the world, so much suppressed anger and fear. There are also those who, in oblivion, walk through life thinking that everything is going to come out fine even if there is no preparation for what is to come; both in this life and the life to come. 

We don't know what tomorrow will hold, for us personally or for the planet. We are to prepare as best we are able, to not live in fear of what may or may not come and to go about our business as if every success we have depends on us while praying that God would bless all we are doing. There's no room for pride in this life because it's all a gift and we are just the receivers. 


Some get great wealth and little happiness. Some get the opposite. Some of the most joyful people I have met were lepers in Ethiopia living and gathering food in the city dump. Who is most blessed? The one who has great wealth and no joy or the one who has joy in all circumstances? Wouldn't it be awesome to have both, not either or?

Jesus came that we might have life and to have it in abundance. It's interesting in that passage, John 10, that He dumps that right in the middle of many "I lay down my life" statements. Do you suppose He's trying to say that bringing abundant life requires laying down our own? 

Those who hoard wealth miss so much blessing in their own lives. Hoarders actually mess up the economy. As strange as that sounds, those who keep for themselves stop the economic flow. Being generous actually helps the economy and it certainly help the giver, as it is more of a blessing to give than to receive.  

Helen Keller also said, “If the blind put their hands in God's, they find their way more surely than those who see but have not faith or purpose. ” We are not necessarily to have faith in people because people are going to let us down. We are to have faith in God that even when others do let us down that He will make it right and take our labors and give them purpose. 

The Toll Collector
What kind of purpose can the toll collector have? Really, think about this one. The person who sits in a little box and collects change. But when you pass by the one who gets their purpose in that spot you understand exactly what I mean. Are we that person or are we the kind that is lost in thought, lost in bills, lost in our own relationship issues and misses the 1000's of opportunities that pass by our booth each day?

“I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly.” Helen Keller again. We can only hope that we get a second chance at some of these.

We are told to number our days as that brings wisdom. So thinking about the future is good for our souls but not to the point that it make us pessimistic or fatalistic. We have much to look forward to even in the midst of the craziest storm clouds on the horizon- and there are some serious clouds brewing for us these days. "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.” Yup, HK.

How could she be so prolific in optimistic quotes? She had joy inside of her circumstances rather than desiring to be beyond them. 

God gives us each a torch to carry through life. I'd like mine to be bright enough to shed light into a few generations. What's your purpose and are you making the most of it today? What if we CAN change the world and we miss out because we are too busy? How can combining our purposes increase our world changing opportunities?

Are you ready to change the world? We got start somewhere/sometime. It might as well be here and now. 

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