Do you ever watch those movies where it seems like the bad guy has all the weapons, all plans, and all power? This is definitely something that gets me about Disney classic kids’ movies. Sometimes the villains are just too big & bad. I think it’s excessive for a kids movie. Yet it’s not just kids movies that have this. I was at my parents house and they had their mystery crime shows on, and I was overwhelmed by horrific imaginations of the directors of the shows, let alone how too close to possible such things could be. It’s the kind of thing that causes one’s soul to grieve.
I left that evening thinking about all the old evangelist who had been through the churches and camps I’d been to as a kid. All of them (or most of them) seemed to say the same thing, the world is going down the crapper, and they’re just waiting for Jesus to “take them home”. They didn’t really care what happens in this world next, as long as they didn’t have to be part of it.
There’s a lot of Christians who believe the world well come to a climax of a chaos before God steps in or Jesus stops it all. …and it’ll be much worse than this. People are afraid already. and I ask myself, these are the people who think they have “the good news for the world”?
It’s overwhelming if that’s as good as it gets. It’s not worth it, in my opinion, if that’s all there is to tell. Yet I think there’s something missing here. Well, I think there’s a lot missing, honestly, but what is missing is missing in the here & the now. Not some future escape hatch.
Love is missing.
After seeing those crimes shows then having that haunting mocking voices of evangelist of the past all in my head at the same time, I really had to do a reality check. Is it worth it or are we all damned because of the sins of our forefathers, which have brought us to modern day society and philosophies? But it struck me that in the midst of the worst of it all, God still gives the same instructions. We’re not to change our character just because the times are bad. We don’t become superhuman, and we aren’t to take up some excusable violent tactics in such times. We stick with what we’ve been given from the first to do and be: Love.
I realize that many consider “Love” to be an overused word although it’s meaning is truly under utilized. So let’s try a slightly different approach: Do the little things that matter.
Once I had a calendar with inspirational quote and one month said, “Start by doing what is necessary; Then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’ll be doing the impossible”
I’ve remembered that quote for all of my adult life. I knew the first time I read it, that it would be very important in my own life. As I looked up the quote again today, I saw that was from St Francis of Assisi and that too made me smile.
To change the world, to affect good, to overcome evil we start with what is necessary for us to do in our lives now, then after a while we might be able to step up to simply the things that are now possible for us to do. If we are faithful in those things we will find ourselves doing things that previously seemed impossible, because this is what Love does.
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
I think this is a bit of what it looks like to overcome evil with good. These tiny things make a big difference. Each choice can make a difference. I actually believe that love does make a difference. Love piles up. Doing the little things that matter, makes a strong fiber that can endure things we didn’t know we could actually do.
Wanting to give up when it ridiculously tough and you don’t see things coming along any better is normal. Not giving up when you want to is extraordinary. It’s doing the impossible.
Love endures because it is strong, not because it’s weak, feeble, or scared to move on. Love endures because strength of doing the little things that matter is all the more strength it takes to change the world and to overcome evil. There’s not secret formula or magic recipe to get through challenging times, instead, it’s the tiny little things which we use & depend on to get us through those times which makes us into strong, faithful, loving saints.
We endure because we are strong.
We overcome because we faithful in the little things.
We affect the good in this world because we do what is necessary.
Love is what is necessary.
God gives us the ability to affect and to change the world which he puts us in. We live now because God wanted you & I here for this moment in history. This isn’t too much, and it isn’t too dull for us to do something about it. We are the necessary people for our time.
God has not left us to chaos, and this world is not spinning out of control. We are chosen to be here, so let’s start with what is necessary in the world around us, and maybe we’ll find ourselves doing the impossible sooner than we ever imagined.