Thursday, December 2, 2010

Be What You Want To See In The World

You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

When I was in college I took several classes that explored race and representation in the media over different times in American history. I saw how the media’s representation of people can shape and mold how we perceive others.

This led my friends and I to talk a lot about how certain movies, television shows, rap songs and videos were bad representations of very specific groups. We would complain about them and criticize their creators; wailing about how these people were a disgrace to the rest of humanity in how they depicted their fellow man and woman. What once started out as an awareness of how art can shape perceptions turned into a kind arrogant judgmental terribleness.

Then I started to think to myself… “self… what are YOU doing to change things?”

This stopped me cold. It is one thing to identify a problem, but it is a totally different thing to commit to be a part of the solution.

One of the most wonderful things about life is that it really is what you make it. We make decisions every single day that mold our future. It is these decisions that make up the fabric of our being. Each one is a stitch in the tapestry of our lives.

What does your fabric look like? Do your actions show what you believe to be the contents of your heart? Are you doing anything to combat the ills that you see in the world? Are you as passionate about changing the world as you are about describing what is wrong with it?

These are challenging times but I think that we are up to the challenge. Sure, things may seem bad and it may seem like there isn’t much you can do from your little position to have any kind of substantive effect; but that is a lie.

The world is exactly what we have made it.

We really have two choices in this life. We can decide share the goodness of our hearts with the world through our thoughtful action or we can be quiet, and allow others to dictate the terms of reality for us. If we each endeavor to shape the world around us into the place that our hearts dream it can be then little by little the whole world changes.

Let’s try a little harder every day to be what we want to see in the world. I’m betting that the more people we can get to commit to this change, the better the world will become.

Life freely, love freely, and share freely the blessings of your heart. Freedom lies within; and exercising that freedom is truly revolutionary. 

1 comment:

  1. Hello Man of God,
    I absolutely agree. We are Living Epistles. You can either choose to be a part of the solution of change or perpetuate the problem in this generation which will intern effect the next generation.

    Its these types of issues that concern me greatly. Our youth are watching what we do. I believe it is with extreme urgency to be all that we can in our "Sphere of Influence" to direct others to what is right and true.

    And sometimes to your own hurt, but its well worth it, the cost must be paid to bring eternal change and transformation to this world.

    Jesus did it, and if we are true followers of Christ, not only are we commissioned to do it, but we are driven by the same passion that led Christ to the Cross.

    My Faith says the Epistle of Nicole on this earth is Well Done. What does your Faith say?


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