Be a lover of the world, it is the only way to survive in it.~Janosch
What does that really mean anyway? Caring for others, and the world in general the way we care for the world?
At some point in our lives, we come to the realization that we are not the center of the known world. Most people get the idea before they reach their teens. But some others become adults without achieving this great insight.
Even those of us who are aware that we are but a speck of dust in the universe can still fall into the trap of getting too wrapped up in ourselves and our own affairs. Most of us are too busy with our families, jobs and interests to spare time for others; or the world.
But the attitude of “not in my backyard” and turning a blind eye to the destructive forces going on out of our immediate surroundings is harmful. Its harmful for those immediately affected, and it will be harmful for us, and our children, and the world.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Can we afford to be this way? Significance, a cornerstone of 3S, asks us to explore what our legacy is going to be. What are we going to leave behind when we leave the earth? And the question refers to our legacy to the world, not just to our children and loved ones that we leave behind.
When you think about what you can do to add Significance or meaning to your life, think about the world. Each one of us, however humble and however great, can make a difference.
You can make a difference
You may be one person, but what you do matters. It will matter to someone somewhere who receives your help, your encouragement, your mentoring, your belief in their worth, your wisdom, your kindness, your hug, your smile or your touch, your hand.
Will you be a lover of the world? How?
Think about the unique ways in which you can make a difference. It does not have to take money, a lot of effort or time. But some level of time and effort will be necessary.
When I started working with City Team Ministries helping men get back on their feet after difficult experiences, it felt like I needed to invest so much time and effort. But I did make the time and put in the effort. At that point, for me, it was just an exercise that could add meaning, or Significance to my life.
But as time went on, and I began working with these men on a regular basis, I began to enjoy the work. I began to realize I was gaining much satisfaction out of the process. What I do may seem insignificant in the little extent it helps solve the problems of the world, but it helps in a small way. And I do it with good faith, hoping it helps the men who come and take part in my sessions.
Its not hard if you want to do it. You can make a difference. Will you?
Make yourself a little action sheet like this and see how much of a difference you can make within the rest of this month. Then make one for yourself for every month of 2016.
I wish you Success, Satisfaction and Significance, in whatever endeavor you take on.