“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw
I’m tired of talking about changing my world and the world around me. I’m exhausted from all the empty words swirling around on social media about social justice, yet nothing is actually being done about the needs of others. I’m over hearing about what Jesus will bless you with instead of hearing how Jesus is the blessing. I’m sick of being in a world that is narcissistic and nihilistic in a downward spiral towards a hell of our own making, not just the one we hear about on Sunday morning.
It’s time to be unreasonable. We need to stop hiding behind our complacency and our self-interests, as if the world revolves just around us.
I’m no saint or perfect example of the person I’m describing. Rather, this is who I long to become. As my writing has become more and more focused on speaking hope and life to the broken, I’ve found myself filled with more and more life in the process. Conversations with people who are hurting bring me life as I share it with others. It’s amazing how much we can gain when we give ourselves away.
As a follower of Jesus, I believe that this is two-fold, not just physical justice, but also spiritual. Not only are Jesus followers called to share the Gospel of grace, but we are also called to give of our time, our finances, and our hearts to a hurting world around us. I’m learning this one day at a time, but the older I get, the more I am realizing a powerful truth:
It’s not about me.
The world was here long before I arrived and will be around after my time on this rock is complete. The sun rises and the sun sets whether or not I give it approval to do so. And yet, how incredible it is that we’re invited into an eternal story that is much greater than ourselves! We are invited by Jesus into a story of redemption – not just of the human spirit, but also of all things.
We’re not solely invited into the spiritual (r)evolution, but we’re also invited to change the lives of others around us through our love, our generosity, and our kindness. This world is desperately in need of those who will stand up for what is good and true, which includes serving those who can give nothing to us in return for an act of kindness.
Are you tired and weary?
Has life been revolving around you so much that you’ve forgotten who you really are?
Aren’t you interested in living for something bigger than yourself?
Be unreasonable. Don’t settle for a life that’s just about you. It’s time to stand and live for more than just getting by.