There are just some things that cannot be allowed to stand.
A middle-schooler watches as a new guy becomes the target of verbal and physical abuse.
An employee witnesses unethical behavior in her company that affects the bottom line.
A college student learns that answers to a crucial exam are being passed around.
A guy finds out his best friend is cheating on his unsuspecting wife.
A homeless veteran wanders through Atlanta streets.
A single mom can’t keep up financially and loses her home.
A child dies every few seconds somewhere in our world from preventable causes
We have heard similar stories, perhaps experienced some or all of the above. We know this stuff happens. Once we know, what are we going to do about it?
There are plenty of places in our lives and in our world where we could be aroused by what Bill Hybels calls “holy discontent.” Others might use the term righteous indignation. What bothers us enough that we are willing to do something about it? Where is the line when we move beyond unsettling discomfort to determined action?
We can be overwhelmed by all the challenges and problems or we can start where we are. To paraphrase: Just because you cannot do everything doesn’t mean you can’t do something.
It’s an old story but drives home a principle: A man walks along a beach near sunset. In the fading light, he sees another man in the distance. He watched as the man kept stooping, picking up something, and then casting it into the ocean. The man repeated the action again and again. Then the first guy looked at what lay on the sand near the water’s edge. There were thousands and thousands of starfish that had been washed up on shore. He realized what was going on. He approached the second man and, with a bit of a smirk, said, “You know that you can’t save them all. Do you really think you’re making a difference?” The man held a starfish in his hand and cast it into the surf and responded, “Made a difference to that one.”
We’ll never meet a person God doesn’t love. He loves each of us likes He love all of us. Oh, you’ve heard that before? What are you, what are we going to do about it?