As you now know, I recently read Day 289 from The Message//Remix:Solo which was entitled “Getting Our Way”. This was a reflection on Galatians 5, more specifically 5:16-17, 19-23. Following the Bible text are suggested ideas to think about, pray about, and ideas for living out the message.
Hold one of the following words in front of you today; exuberance, serenity, willingness,compassion, conviction. Let the word permeate what you do.” Willingness seems to be an easier focus to handle than either exuberance or serenity. It brings to mind years and years of hearing my father quote, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them!” John 13:17 It was basically his way of telling us to get off our butts and get into action. It isn’t enough to know what the right thing to do is if you don’t then go ahead and do it! If we know that smoking will kill us then clearly we should not do it. If the traffic light says to stop then you had better stop.
Most of us watch, listen to, or read the news. We know about a great many things going on in our world. We know there is great famine in the horn of Africa, we know that there is discrimination, we know that there are people in our own towns who do not have adequate shelter. We take great pride in educating our children. We learn about history so that we see the paths to avoid based on the results of prior civilizations. And yet…how do you get from knowing the right thing to actually doing something about it?
One of the ways is to find a group of people who are on the same page as you are. It is much easier to stand up and say no to something like hydro-fracking with a group of people than to be a lone voice. Social pressure on a single person to sit down and shut up can be immense and too much for most of us. Luckily there are organizations whose purpose is to help people to go from outraged to willing. To mention a few:
PWS&D Presbyterian World Service and Development