What would the world look like today if you were not around? It’s a question that many people ask for a variety of reasons. Those that suffer from depression may get to the point where they have lost all perspective and think that the world would be better if they were not around. Not a chance! We are here for a very specific reason. We may not even have any idea what that reason is, but we must lean on our faith and plow ahead as God has big plans for our lives!
We live in very challenging times and to some, the world is a very big place. Yes, there are many cultural differences, but there are a lot more similarities than we might think. When we cut through all of the distractions, life can be defined in a pretty basic explanation. We have been born with skills that are unique to you, and you only. No one has the same exact make-up. We have been placed into a society where we have a choice in how we are going to contribute. This contribution can be good, or it can be bad. That decision is in our hands. Unfortunately, we all too often see the decisions being made due to external pressures and not a clear focus on who we want to be. That is where our faith can provide a compass for our life.
None of us have all of the answers, in fact anyone that tells you they do should cause you to be concerned. What we do know is that God provided an amazing user manual for life called The Bible and then sent the greatest teacher ever, Jesus to help provide an example of how we are to live. If you take the time use this tool and study the teachings of Jesus, soon you will find a whole new perspective about life open before your eyes. This perspective may be subtle at first, but over time it will evolve and your vision about life will come more into focus. This does not mean you will find all the answers, and there will be times when you will find your faith being challenged. Seek answers through prayer and time studying The Bible.
Life does matter, and we are called to try and make the best impact possible on those that are around us. As we come upon this Christmas Season, I would ask that you think about how you can make a difference in the lives of those around you. Don’t be short-sighted, you may find that you can impact lives half a world away by joining with groups like MMI. The opportunity has been provided, but the only one that can make it all happen is you. The adage “It’s better to give than to receive!” hits pretty close to home when you think about it. Do I really need this, or can I use the gifts that I have to make someone else’s life better? My experience has been that we have a much higher level of satisfaction by doing for others than doing for ourselves. What say you?