2020 has been a very difficult year world wide. Everywhere there is discord among family, friends, and neighbors. We are in the middle of a global pandemic and a polarizing election. We haven’t seen such tension in racism, bi-partisan disagreement, and over all brother verses brother conflict in this country since the civil war. Everywhere I look, I see hurting people.
It’s not my job to say who is right and who is wrong, or to tell you how to vote. I will, however ask one thing of you and I am only asking it because I am also asking it of myself. SERVE. I’ll say it again. S-E-R-V-E. It can be a food bank, a church, a polling place, or simply just serve one another. Serve your spouse, your children, your parents, your siblings and your neighbors.
I was speaking with a dear friend of mine last night. We both cried together sharing our recent struggles. It was in this moment that I realized all of the bad stuff that’s been happening coupled with my life experience has prepared me to serve. I have a heart for hurting people. I have felt drawn to ministry for a long time. But, truth be told, I have let my own insecurities hold me back. I always say I’m too young to lead. I think I’m just a sinner. Who am I to tell someone else how to live their life? I tell myself I don’t want to be scrutinized or judged or held to preconceived notion of what someone in ministry should look like.
I finally realized that my life is fleeting. Everyday is special. Everyday is another opportunity to enjoy our beautiful planet with the people that we love. We need community and when you are the sick one, or you are the hurting one, it can make you feel like the odd one out, even among friends. If you are going through something, know that you are not alone and that God will put people in your life to help you through it. Call your mom, or your nana, or your grand dad, or uncle Jim. They won’t be here forever, and sometimes we don’t get a chance to say the things we need to say. “I’m sorry.” “I forgive you.” “I love you.”
In this time of crisis we need each other. John Donne said it best, “no man is an island.” We are all stuck here on this planet called Earth together until Elon Musk starts a colony on Mars. So in the mean time, please do whatever you can to help whoever you can.