In days like this I ask simple questions.
I ask myself, "What can I do?" What can one person do that will make a difference? I know many are going to Facebook and other social media to proclaim the solutions we all must believe, but that really solves nothing!
So what can I do? In my world, in the place God has put me, what can I do? As I think about that it becomes rather simple...at least it seemed simple as I worked through these thoughts at 4AM this morning. I can do one thing well, but it demands I do something else first.
Jesus described it this way when asked what is the most important thing to do. He made the one thing into two because you can't do the second until you do the first. Here are his two things that will change the world- 1. Love God, and 2. Love others.
Some will tell me they can love others without God, but Jesus would tell them you can't even understand loving others correctly until you love God first! Love for others must flow out of a love for God. It's the overflow of loving and being loved by the God who made you.
Only after you have done the first can you do the second well. And, to be honest, we are loving one another badly these days. I could outline the list of things we aren't doing, but that would only produce more guilt and I'm sure you have enough to deal with. Instead, let me suggest you daily pray a simple prayer and begin to live out the results of it in your world.
Here it is- Lord, help me to love you with all my heart, soul and will. Show me your love for me as well. I need that! And would you give me someone each day to love as you have loved me.
It means a phone call to a lonely person, a meal for a homeless person, a kind word for a weary waitress, it means a smile for a mom dealing with kids out of control. It means seeing others with the eyes of love.
What can I do? I can love others. So can you.