Side-by-side, my husband and I flick through the TV menu until we can agree on a show. Sure, Designated Survivor. Why not? We're tired, not picky. We sink deep beneath our fuzzy blankets, oblivious to any world events happening while entertaining family over the weekend. A naive privilege.
As a main character, Emily Rhodes, struggles with her relationship with her father, a White House co-worker suggests that she prioritize family over work...
"The world will always be on fire," he tells her. "Go."
Those words couldn't be more true. We woke up to the news of the most recent church shooting the very next morning. There's always a crisis. An attack. An arrest. A dispute.
But for many of us, they can just disappear, with a simple click of the red button on the remote.
The numbing ensues, with each news image flashed into our living rooms. The ability to feel dulls. We accurately sense that we can't do all the things, so we falter in doing the small things.
The world will always be on fire...so I'll snuff out one small blaze at a time.
Instead of succumbing to a hopeless acknowledgement that there's too much to do, we mobilize in prayer this week. We can throw ourselves into the service that's within our control.
We do the little things, like vote and pack the extra snack for the child who doesn't haven't one. Yes, it's small. And absolutely, the "right things" are mostly unseen.
But if we don't, then we're being duped.
Because complacency is the result of an illusion - that the problems on the TV won't ever happen to us. That God has lost all control.
Here's the truth: Our collective care results in massive outreach and prevention over time. Tragedy strikes, but faith still moves mountains.
One step... One choice... One act...
Do you ever feel hopeless and overwhelmed?
What do you do to combat becoming numb?
Pressing on together,
"I'm sure that won't happen to you, friends. I have better things in mind for you--salvation things! God doesn't miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you've shown Him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it.
And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don't drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them. (Heb. 6:9-12, Msg.)
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