As news channels cover the heartbreaking devastation that Hurricane Harvey left in its wake in Houston, Texas, followed closely by Hurricane Irma in Florida, there was a message that spoke louder than the news anchors I listened to.
That message? How tragedy can bring a country together.
For far too long, anytime I turned on the news it spewed about all the hatred and divisiveness of our people. You name it, people were hating. Whether it be race, sexual orientation, gender identification, political beliefs, personal beliefs, job choice and the action it requires, misuse of power and those not allowed to use their power…well, I could go on and on. With each broadcast, the news seems to polarize our country with half-truths, pitting people against one another. It had gotten to a point where I was seriously wondering if we, as a country, could ever turn things around again. All the hatred was suffocating everything good.
Listening to the news about the hurricanes, I finally felt a glimmer of hope for our nation and the amazing people who live here. My faith in humanity has been restored. As I hear the countless stories of individuals sacrificing what they have for the needs of those who lost, companies offering time, money, and resources to help a fellow man/woman/child/city/state, and friends and family reaching out to their loved ones in the affected cities, I see God at work. In fact, it occurred to me that this is what Christianity looks like.
- Unselfish acts of helping another.
- Accepting and loving, rather than judging, regardless of whether you agree with someone or not.
- Tolerating others’ views and opinions, different as they may be from yours, accepting that your way isn’t the only way. Even proclaimed Christians have destroyed one another due to intolerance.
- Forgive even when you don’t “feel” like it. You’ll “feel” so much better after you do!
- Being of service to others, whether it be time in your already busy life, money that you don’t have in excess, services that you can provide to those who can’t.
- Being a prayer warrior for those who so desperately need it.
- Taking just a moment to write a letter of encouragement to someone who feels hopeless and alone.
- Bringing a meal to someone who doesn’t have the physical capability or the resources to make their own.
- Putting others needs before your wants.
- Spend time, even if just an hour, with someone who doesn’t have anyone.
Above all else, love. The rest will fall into place. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we turned on the news and we heard more stories of love and hope? Stories of people pulling for each other instead of battling against each other. Stories of people loving one another rather than killing? Stories of people accepting one another’s differences rather than hating because of them?
It IS possible. It CAN be done. But only if we all do our part. Time is at our advantage if we start NOW.
What can YOU do, TODAY, to start a revolution of loving one another?
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
― Desmond Tutu