A Cup of Cold Water (In Jesus’ Name)

I like one of Os Guinness‘ descriptions of how to deal with all the evil and injustice in the world.

“..[As followers of Christ] we each walk the earth to fulfill God’s call.  We are therefore entrepreneurs of our lives, and each and every one of us is responsible for making the most of our talents and resources, exercising our callings, engaging fully in making a difference in our spheres of influence, and doing our utmost to help our neighbors in their need – including relieving their suffering and taking a stand against the world that oppresses them.”

“As such, within our definite limits we are each responsible.  None of us can save the world, and to try to do so would be to flirt with despair.  Our tiny circles of influence are limited, some less so than others, but for all of us that influence is significant.  And when we each exercise our responsible significance, and the significance of each of our callings overlaps with those of others, the ripples we make together can spread far and wide.”

“So we can help more suffering people than just those we can help face to face.  We can give to causes we could never visit.  When we do not have the money to make such contributions, we can write letters, we can vote, and in a myriad of other ways we can influence events.  And both first and last, we can pray for people and places we could never afford the time and money to visit and could never touch in any other way.”

Taken from page 236 of Unspeakable: Facing Up To The Challenge of Evil (New York: HarperOne, 2005).

shane lems

sunnyside wa