Faith does not house an injured veteran, it does not counsel the depressed, it does not provide healthcare to the poor.
People with big hearts do.
People who talk less and perform random acts of kindness are not as numerous as those who like to complain about the state of things. Some people perform acts of kindness out of the goodness of their heart and some do them for self-gratification and recognition. Either way it is our actions and not our personal beliefs that can affect the lives of other people.
Many of the worlds religions rest the fate of mankind on a messianic figure of some kind. Some believe this person will be a warrior who will defeat the forces of evil by force, some believe he already came and will return to finish what he started, and some believe that there have been messianic figures in the past and that more are to come – each one adding to the work of the other.
Instead of waiting around for someone why not look at yourself? Every single person has the power to make a difference on their own. There are so many stories of this happening in the past. From Hercules, Noah, and Moses to George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” ~Gandhi
It was a small group of ambitious men who ended the Divine right of kings in Europe and its grip on America. It was a small group of people who inspired thousands to rise against dictators and topple oppressive regimes. Why are you waiting around for someone else to “save” you or the rest of the world when you can do it yourself? Every single one of us has the power to change the world for the better. You don’t have to start a revolution or sacrifice your life either, it can be a simple act of kindness for a complete stranger that can start a ripple effect of kindness that can span a distance greater than you can imagine.
“Each person must see himself as though the entire world were held in balance and any deed he may do could tip the scales.” ~Maimonides
I am not telling anyone to renounce their religion or any doctrines they may teach. I am merely saying that it’s time to stop preaching about ending times and the collapse of morals in society and actually do something about it. Sitting around and acting hopeless accomplishes nothing. In my life time I have seen the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and people in positions of power that can do something about it (Washington, the Vatican, etc) do absolutely nothing about it.
Rather than spends billions of dollars fighting an ideology, why not spend those dollars on things like feeding the homeless, assisting the elderly, protecting the weak, comforting widows and orphans? Maybe instead of waiting for a savior we can provide housing to an injured veteran, counsel the depressed, or provide healthcare to not just the poor but, every single person who needs it.
You can call me unrealistic, you can say I’m crazy, you can even tell me this is impossible. If you did then it would just be a useless parade of words with little to no meaning and another example of a complete lack of action. All of us have heard the expression “actions speak louder than words” but, how many of us actually try to help others? How many of us show our children the necessity of having a charitable heart? How many of us spend more time “keeping up with the Jones’s” instead of “helping out the Smith’s”?
If you think you can’t make a difference. Just watch what happens when you actually try.
© Nelson Rose, The Quest for Light