S U N S E T / C R U I S E
Last day cruising with my boy. Let me share a quick challenge I had the other day. It was posted to my story, but I’ll share here as well. It’s a good thing to think about every now and then.
we went down to Los Angeles to see some friends who we haven’t seen in a while. Catching up with them was great. Loved every bit of it.
As I sit in the airport reflecting the past few days, I’m feeling disturbed and challenged.
If you’ve been to LA or live there currently, this is not a knock on the city. These are my own reflecting thoughts on myself and how I could be doing more.
This is the problem, I’m not doing enough. And I’m worrying about too little.
There’s a bigger picture at hand.
Not the shoes that I want from Nike north of $200. There’s a picture that was painted long before us and will continue to be here long after.
The problem is this: why is America selfish, and why are we ok with it?
You could give me hundreds of reasons. And they’d all be correct. But to paint it a little bigger, we aren’t showing grace enough, loving people hard enough, or giving people a chance at the gospel whatsoever.
Not really, if we’re honest with ourselves.
I have to give a shout to my good friend @, who spent some time to leave our Airbnb and go on a walk, came back with a story of him talking to some local homeless people under a bridge.
I was instantly challenged. We need more people like this man. Who takes any opportunity they can get to smile at people and meet them where they are, to listen to them, and to show them Jesus.
We are so selfish with our time and our benefits and our clothes and our houses and our cars and our me me ME. We miss out on time that could be spent serving others and thinking of ourselves less.
But it isn’t all bad. We have justifications. Reasons. But it gets easier and easier to slip down that slope, doesn’t it? I hope that when we’re older, we can tell our kids that we helped force change in our country. We need to force change around us so that our communities will thrive. I won’t say that it’s up to us, but it is.
Will you think about it?
Climb up and climb on.