I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed that we humans have a tendency to destroy the things that we touch. We tend to make more chaos and bring more death the longer we’re around, and honestly that is heartbreaking to me. God is a creator and a life-giver, and we’re made in the image of God…so why do we produce so much death and destruction? I got convicted about that a while back, and since then have been asking God how I can bring more life into this world instead of death, destruction, or an abundance of waste. The answer to my prayers seemed to be small and simple: Cultivate more life right where I am. Start at home.
Throughout my life I’ve heard something said very, very often: “One person isn’t going to change the world/stop killing/stop waste/etc., so why bother?” I don’t like that mindset because it kind of implies that the only reason we should try to do good is if we know we will succeed in a big way. And I just don’t agree with that. Lots of changes have been made in my life as of late, but I haven’t made any of those changes because I’m trying to change others or do something “big”…I’ve been changing my life because it’s been changing me. It’s been changing my heart. And in the long run, it’s changed hearts that will make all the difference in the world.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” Jesus says in the gospels. And I don’t know about you, but when I think of a kingdom ruled by God and his righteousness alone I think of life. Life in all its potential, all its beauty, all its splendor…unending life everywhere we look. And if God wants us to seek his heavenly will while we’re here on earth, then I want to do what I can to honor that request by cultivating a passion within me for more life…even on this side of heaven.