Today, especially today, I am reminded of the brokenness that exists in humanity. The events that have taken place and continue to take place, the hurt that has followed. However, I am more so reminded that there is good in our world. Each of us can make a difference. That in our humanity we were designed to love, as we were made by God and created to bare His image. His goodness is the love and grace we witness in our world every day.
In todays day in age, we often sprint through life going from one day to the next, hoping that we are the person we want to be. That the sum of our lives is well spent. Maybe even desiring to leave a legacy that continues well beyond our time on this earth. An impact that outlives us. These are beautiful sentiments, but how do we ensure they are carried out in our own lives? With the minute by minute distractions we face, there's a wonder we accomplish anything. This is where priorities and intentionality come into play.
Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. didn't just sprint through life, hoping that he would make a difference. He humbly rose to action. Again, he HUMBLY rose to action. The famous speech "I have a dream…" is a great reminder of this. Martin Luther King Jr. didn't hold onto his dreams secretly hoping they would come about, he pressed into God and openly followed God's guidance. Not only did Martin Luther King Jr. do beautiful, powerful, awe-inspiring things; he did God things. God's word tells us that "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10) Not only where we created in His image, God prepared works for us!
Each of us has been designed with unique talents, gifting and passions. As these three collide in our daily walk with God this is when we naturally live out the works laid before us. Don't get me wrong, it isn't all about our works, salvation comes only through Jesus. However, there is nothing more satisfying than bringing Glory to God by living out your purpose. Many of you are probably thinking "I don't even know where to start".
Often when we look at our global, or even societal concerns, it can be quite overwhelming. Compared to the darkness in our world it can seem like we won't make much of an impact. However, we can make a difference by humbly moving to action. Share a kind word with a co-worker, a classmate or a friend. Stand in the gap for someone that can't stand for themselves. Not everyone is called to be the face of a national movement and that's okay. Many of us are called to be unsung heroes.
As Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently spoke, when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize: "You honor the ground crew without whose labor and sacrifices the jet flights to freedom could never have left the earth. Most of these people will never make the headline and their names will not appear in Who’s Who." -Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize December 10, 1964
You see, many of us are the "ground crew", the unsung heroes. We must be a people who decide to make a difference in our daily lives. It isn't about one or two people rising up but a multitude of unsung heroes willing to say YES to God and follow Him in their daily lives. People choosing to love others well. The athletic coach who works 115 hours a week to make a difference in the lives of students that desperately need a positive influence. The customer service representative that faithfully shows up to work, day in and day out, going out of their way to help anyone that comes through their doors. The fast food worker that greets you with a smile every time you see them. We may not all be called to be the face of a movement but we are called to "love God & love our neighbors as ourselves"(Mark 12:30-31). Often times, as unsung heroes.