Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
It’s ok to care.
No wait, it’s godly to care!
But sometimes we spend more time putting down other people’s “caring” than pursing our own. For some reason we want to validate what we care about as more important than what others care about. And that’s just another form of pride. Another way of saying, “I’m better than you”.
We also have an insatiable desire to control. And sometimes the closer we get to the truth, the more tempting it to manipulate others with it.
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Christianity has been battling this temptation for many generations.
Not God. He’s not controlling, He’s empowering.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
But it’s true, we are inundated with opinions. Social media has turned every news topic into a political/religious debate.
For example, some people really cared about Cecil, the iconic lion that was hunted in Zimbabwe by an American dentist. You heard from a new generation who cares about God’s creation. They have their opinions about the animals and the environment. But others mocked.
#BlackLivesMatter is the hashtag being used for awakening. If you have seen the video of what happened to Samuel DuBose, you can’t ignore the reality of fear in the African American community. People who care about this have stories to validate their caring. But others devalue their pain.
(Read more in Hate Won’t Win)
For others it is all about abortion. If you have seen the 3 videos which expose Planned Parenthood and their handling of organs, it’s almost impossible not to be disgusted and moved to some sort of action. But others complain and ignore.
(Read more in The Planned Parenthood Revival)
For those who care I say, “Good for you!”
Don’t let anyone tell you that your caring is not good enough, or holy enough. The rest of the world needs you to care. We need your voice, your conviction, your rage.
“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
For the others, in order to move forward in your own convictions, you probably should stop devaluing what others care about and start living for the things you do.
Because the best way is honor.
If we gave permission to each other to pursue what God has put into our hearts (instead of trying to fit others into the box we ourselves have created) then maybe we could start having a real impact in society.
Maybe it’s helping a friend who is starting a new business instead of criticizing them for what they are starting. Encouraging those who want to pursue travels and missions instead of letting our jealousy speak discouragement over their plans. Supporting our neighbors with their dreams and future instead of talking behind their backs.
As I wrote in Learn the Language of Heaven, “Negative assumptions about people is the dumbest thing we can do to ourselves. If we have nothing good to say about someone, then we have nothing to say.
Let’s be the kind of people who stop expecting the worst about others and let’s make time to hear the opinion of the One who designed them and made them as they are.”
Johann Von Goethe said it best, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.”
Let’s be respectful with other’s passions and ideals even when they don’t make sense. And let the ones who care about Cecil, care about Cecil. Let the ones who battle racism fight the the good fight against it. Let the ones who pray, pray. The ones who preach, preach. The ones who sing, sing. The ones who dream, dream.
It is in the diversity of our purposes, where the family of God will demonstrate the full extent of His love.
I know opinions can be annoying, but don’t let them become the excuse for you to be a jerk.
I’m not saying everyone is right, but they each have the right to be loved and respected.
Those are my 2 cents.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6