Just like probably everyone else, I have been lamenting and even been angered about what is currently going on in this country. My brain has been crammed full of statistics, news stories, and opinions. Imagine a hoarder’s house overrun with garbage, junk, and newspapers. I am pretty sure that’s what the inside of my head looks like right now. As I was taking it to the Lord yesterday, I was pleading with God and asking for His wisdom. That’s what I really want right now. Wisdom. Wisdom in what to think. Wisdom in what to say. Wisdom on when to be silent. Wisdom on when to act. But I was also laying out before Him all my frustrations, concerns, and fears. As I was doing so, the answer came back, “Facebook is not your world”. In other words, all that I have seen and experienced on social media and the news, while it may have a place IN my world. It is NOT my world. It is not my reality.
Even knowing how truth can be skewed or numbers can be manipulated, and how news can be slanted one way or another, we still get sucked in as if everything we see and experience there is our reality. My world is exactly in the location, circumstances, and people where God has placed me. There, first and foremost, is where my responsibilities lie and where my influence is most effective. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not a “not my problem” kind of person. I feel things very deeply even if it is something that I have never experienced or in the middle of. I am not a person to keep my head in the sand.
That’s not what I am encouraging the readers to do. I’m not saying “let’s keep our heads in the sand” and throw a BBQ. I am saying that God placed us exactly where we need to be and our first priorities should be the priorities that He has placed before us. How we raise our children and the truth that we pour into them. How we speak and support our spouses growing more into unity with them. How we love our neighbors and serving them. Even in the stores or whatever public places we find ourselves, being ready to show kindness and Christ’s love to strangers. There have been several times where God has directed me to pray for someone in a store or restaurant. My world that God has placed me in is where my biggest circle of influence lies and my biggest catalyst for change as well.
It is also where I find my burden adequate. What I mean by that is that ,often times, we try to take on burdens (out of good intentions) that are not ours to be carrying. We feel the weight of them and we buckle under them. It steals our joy. It robs us of peace. It keeps us distracted from the real expectations God has placed on us. Jesus said His burden is light. Maybe not exactly in the context He was saying it in, but I do think it can apply here as well. The changing of the world requires God-sized shoulders which, just in case you didn’t already know, we do not have. I’m not saying ignore the large burden. I’m saying place it back on our loving Saviors shoulders and trust Him with it.
We all get to play our part in changing the world. But we need to be mindful just where our part lies. And I can tell you social media and the news is not where our part lies. It can be a useful tool and a way of communicating, but it should remain just that. If what you see on there brings you to a point of despair or anger, I highly recommend taking a break from it. Instead, take that time to read His Word, pray to Him, engage in conversation with the people God has placed in your circle, go visit with some people who could use the company, or even just quiet yourself out in His creation just so He can remind you of WHO HE IS and what this is all about.
Some of you have heard of Corrie Ten Boom, but for those who haven’t. She and her family ran an underground network to save the Jews in Holland during WW2. She and several of her family members ended up serving time or dying in concentration camps. If you would have talked to any of her family members of the great things they were going to end up doing, they would have never believed you. They were simple Christian people who faithfully lived out their lives serving their community. 100 years before WW2, Corrie tells of a stranger who approached her grandfather telling him to start praying for the Jews. Instead of questioning it, that’s exactly what he did, year in and year out instructing his family to as well. None of them would ever have guessed that beginning in faithful prayer would they end up not only saving Jewish lives but Jewish souls. All of this leading to Corrie Ten Boom going all around the world preaching the gospel, forgiveness and reconciliation. She and her family were faithful in the small seemingly unimportant things and it greatly impacted the way they served in the greater things.
Again, I’m not saying place your head in the sand. I’m saying peel your heart and mind off of the distorted view of what’s online and aim them on the Lord and the world He has placed you in. Be faithful in the small things He has asked you to serve Him in. Spark change in the hearts and minds in your homes first and then community. Let God direct and lead you from there. He’s a good God and there’s nothing that goes unseen from His eye. Let’s trust Him for what He has done, is doing and for what He will be doing. Let’s praise Him for it and get to work.
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. ~ Luke 12:35-36
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. “ ~ Luke 16:10
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom