Monday, February 8, 2016

What can I do to make the world a better place?

The moment after the bubble around our own life breaks and we have just woken up to the reality of the suffering in the world it's easy to become overwhelmed. The needs in this world are so great. There are people around the world who lack access to clean drinking water, there's the orphan crisis, human trafficking and modern day slavery. The list goes on and on. When we start looking at the world without our rose colored glasses on it's easy to loose hope.

We wonder if we can really make a difference and if yes then how and where? The Bible makes it clear that us humans are "the body of Christ" we are "God's hands and feet". God looked down on the world and saw all the problems and the suffering and then he created you and me. We all have the skills and the passion needed to solve one particular problem in this world or maybe even a few, but none of us need to feel like the destiny of the whole world hangs on our own shoulders. Each person will play an important part in the big picture, one life is like a puzzle piece in the big puzzle called world change. We are not alone in this world, we share this world with 7 billion other people. Each one of us just have to figure out what particular cause God has called us to during this short life.

Is it fighting human trafficking that you want to commit your life to or maybe it's orphans around the world? Maybe you are called to move to another country or city or maybe you are called to stay right where you are and serve the people in your own region? Whatever our purpose might be we all need some help with figuring it all out. "All the places to go: How will you know?" by John Ortberg is a book that can help you figure out what your own cause should be in life. Once we are able to narrow it all down to one personal cause that we want to spend the rest of our lives fighting for the suffering in the world gets less overwhelming. Suddenly we feel meaning and purpose every new day when we wake up instead of hopelessness and confusion.

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