sadly, I do not have a cape..
It has been two weeks and my head is still swimming in all the information I acquired from the Justice Conference. My first reaction when I got home was to put on my superwoman outfit and dash out to save the world. Sadly, I do not have a cape, and I cannot save the world…..not by myself anyways.
I have attended a few conferences over the last few years and have come to a conclusion that for me a conference is considered “good” when I have a book full of notes to show. But is impactful when I actually able to apply what I have learned and change the way I live. This conference is definitely different from the other ones I had attended and I really wanted it to be impactful. For this reason, I have been wrestling and trying to unpack the things I have learned. Most of all, I want to know where and how God is leading me.
When I created this blog years ago, the url I used is “hole in the gospel” as it was about that time I just finished the book by Richard Stearns. He has left his job as a successful CEO of a famous tableware company and became the president of World Vision. The title of his book is “The Hole in Our Gospel”, it is about his journey and his struggles to obey God’s call to change the world. I found it almost impossible to read this book and remain passive as his heart cries out while narrating the stories of the orphans from Uganda.
He pointed out that the Bible is full of verses on poverty, and if we were to cut out all these verses we will be left with a Bible that is tattered and ragged. At that time I was challenged to take a good look at the Gospel as seen from the eyes of God and to ask myself the question: “Have I embraced this Gospel as a whole, or one that is full of holes?”
This seemed to be a life time ago, but during the conference the challenge was reiterated. Once again I was left with this burning question in my heart. Wouldn’t it be nice if I can just put on my superwoman outfit and take off on my mission? But even though I do not have a cape, I do have this power which is instilled in me by the Spirit of God. Two thousand years ago, twelve Spirit-filled people had turned the world upside down and I do believe the same can happen again when each one of us steps up. As Lorax said “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
So, how do you eat an elephant? You do it one bite at a time. Yes, the issue of justice is enormous, but if all of us start to do one small act at a time, we can transform the world. I cannot solve the world’s hunger but one thing I know I can do is start caring. As it was mentioned in the conference a couple of times, if justice is the garment, then love is the thread. I am convicted that the first thing I can do is to love. It means to honor and respect and see my neighbors through the eyes of Jesus and learn to love the way He commands us to.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
And for me, this is a good place to start….