We are living in a historic time for our Nation. It is very easy for many to sit back and watch. But the times demand more than just our words, it is time to take very real actions. Actions may include marching in the streets, voting, challenging the racism or apathy you see displayed in others. But I do know this; the time for waiting is over. History is being made. We will either be counted among those who opposed the change that is coming or involved in ushering in the change that is here. I want to be an usher for this new generation of leaders that is walking through the door of what Dr. King described as “the fierce urgency of now.”
My actions are informed by my Christian faith. But from wherever your motivation comes to help others and bring justice, I know there is room! Join us! I find inspiration from this passage in the Bible as I look to Jesus as my Master and guide. I love this! In the past the Scripture was misused as a defense of enslaving others, but now in the liberty of God’s grace I choose to view it as empowering us to answer the call of the moment. “… don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” -Colossians 3:23-24 MSG
I’m very good at doing the minimum sometimes, to just get by. “Winging it” is derived from the theater, it is the idea of an actor on the stage that forgets their lines, so others from the wings will tell them what to say. I wonder how many of us just wing it at life? Listening to voices who don’t even occupy our stage. Here’s the thing. Someone who isn’t in your production shouldn’t be telling you what to say, think, or do. God has given all of us a voice, and we should listen to the voice. One of the reasons I think that we choose to “Wing it” is because we fear that we have nothing to say. But we have lots to say, and much to contribute. God wants to speak to us and He wants to speak through us.
Notice that the Scripture challenges us to “Keep in mind,” this means that our lines on the stage of life must be intentional. If we are going to live life on purpose, it starts with a guarding of our minds. When we control what is going on between our ears we will control what is going forth from our lives. The mind is the production studio for the soul. God intends for us to become a tool to be used in His hand, and not merely the instrument of our own welding. God challenges us to think and to act. To listen and to speak. To pray and to move. This is the power of intentionality.
So, this is my life, my stage. This is my production, God is the playwright. But I’m not the star. I want to introduce you to the ones who are doing the real work and making a real difference in the world. When I’m willing to walk off that stage so that others can shine in the spotlight will determine whether or not it is blockbuster or a bust. I want people to see Jesus in me. I want them to know Him, to love Him, to cherish Him. That is my personal motivation.
But as I join with others, I want to tap into the collective energy of this moment. My motivation is simple, whoever you are, if you are advocating for justice, change and a brighter future for all, I just want you to shine! Just shine!