It’s new years eve and we are all partying, right! Actually, I’m not. I’m sitting outside my daughters bedroom door reminding them that they should be asleep. I thought I would pass the time between shh’s by writing a few words about this cartoon I came across earlier today.
The picture is so helpful and challenging at the same time. We all want the world to be a better place but do we want the change that this requires in our own lives?
It’s a bit like the joke about the mother who was praying for her son to become a Christian. She cried out to God, ‘Lord, please take away anything that is stopping him from following you’. There was a puff of smoke and when it had disappeared the mum was not there anymore.
It’s a bit like someone I know who refuses to try to be more energy-efficient or to use less petrol to help fight global warming. His reasoning is that unless the bigger countries in the world do this is that it is pointless. So we all refuse to take action because everyone else isn’t and our world slowly deteriorates.
It’s easy to assume that the problem is with everyone else rather than facing up to who we are and doing what we can to change.
I can’t change the whole world but I can change myself which will have an impact on the people around me.
I want to change and be the best person I can be and I hope that people will see Jesus at work in me and that they will want to know him for themselves.
I want to help fight climate change not because I can fix it but because it is the right thing to do, to care for the planet that God has given us.
As you wake up tomorrow and begin a new year, who will you be?
My faith encourages me that this isn’t just about trying harder. I believe that God wants us to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. He longs to lead us into change so that we can find fulfilment in life.
God offers us change, but how will we respond?
I’ve just realized that I haven’t said shh for at least 5 minutes, some things do change!