This is a blog about nothing…or is it?
In case you are not familiar with nothing, http://www.dictionary.com defines nothing as “not anything”.
This word is used often…
- What are you thinking about? Nothing.
- What are you doing? Nothing.
- How much did you pay for that? Nothing.
Is it really possible to do nothing?
I suppose that depends on how you look at it.
- Consider the homeless man at the foot of the I-74 bridge you drive by on your way home from work everyday. In your car, you might sit a few feet back from him being careful so to never to make eye contact.
- Or the person next to you at the customer service counter at the grocery store with a cart full of cans to return whose odor is offensive…we hold our breath and hope they get called away from us soon so we don’t have to smell them..
- Or the piece of litter you step over walking at the park, instead of picking it up.
Choosing do to nothing is actually making a choice to do something. It may be choosing to turn a blind eye. It may be choosing to live selfishly. Perhaps choosing to do nothing is choosing to be a part of the problem, not the solution.
“Share each others burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Galatians 6: 2-3.
For well over a year, I wore a black wristband on my left wrist. It’s the snap kind you’d get at a fair, so I had a box of them so they could be replaced as needed. I called this my prison identification bracelet. What prompted me to wear this was upon hearing the story of a young man who grew up, not just in a Christian home with parents of good character, but a home that took in young men who were struggling with life. This young man had been given all the tools to be successful. And one bad choice involving drinking on his 21st birthday landed him a lengthy prison sentence. I wept upon hearing his story.
Had I read this young man’s story in the paper, I knew I would be quick to judge him. I might join the crowd in bashing him, without knowing the full story. But because I was able to hear the full story, I felt conviction for my instinctual behavior. Especially when I knew I was in my own prison. While the things holding me in bondage never physically put me behind bars, I was trapped in a prison of my own.
Upon this conviction, I had no choice but to do something. That could be ignore the conviction I received and go about my life blindly or find a way to fix this character defect…but either way there was no way I could do nothing. It is then I chose to wear my prison identification bracelet.
I decided to wear that until I could start looking at people past their outward ailments and start seeing them as God would.
Well my prison bracelet has come off; however I am reminded from time to time this area is still a work in progress for me. But turning from my conviction isn’t an option anymore. I intentionally choose to do something.
What is your something?
- Perhaps today is the day you decide to speak kindly to the person, who the last time you spoke, treated you disrespectfully.
- Perhaps today is the day you decide to volunteer at a local homeless shelter.
- Perhaps today is the day you choose to step outside of your life and learn about someone else’s who you perceive different from you.
In doing so, you will find a whole new way of living and relating.
The bible commands us to “Share each others burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6: 2.
Each day I pray for God to allow me to see people as He does. I pray for strength when dealing with the most difficult people, as they are the ones who need to feel His love more than everyone. Most days I am able to stay focused on this, some days I fail.
Today I chose to share your burden. And I challenge you to do the same.