I sit and talk politics with my husband and I realise how we as humans lack commitment. So many of my friends—and yes me too—have started on great journeys. We find purpose and then we find pleasure in other things…so we get sidetracked.
I believe God gave us all the potential to turn this earth into a glorious place to live in. All our resources are here.
But we choose to walk the other way. We decide to follow selfish goals. We decide to ruin the environment. We decide to pursue things that would destroy others.
We can be better but we choose not to. This is a global but also a very personal issue.
We Miss the Mark
What are the things that made you miss out on goals you had 10 years ago?
I think power, money and sex have stolen some of the world’s greatest accomplishments. I’m talking about peace, showing love and doing something for the greater good.
Too Many People Miss the Mark
I don’t like Trump. All my friends know it. Still I know he’s doing good things too. But I’m scared his arrogance will lead to disaster. And if he does amazing things while being a twisted, manipulative, chauvinistic, selfish idiot…imagine what he can do with a few better traits than bullying.
I read a book about Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma years ago and what hit me was this: The potential of what one person can do in a country. I was impressed. And now, years later, she is criticized for her treatment of the Rohingya situation in her country. She started out so well…
I don’t claim to be a political expert. I don’t know all the facts. All I know is people with great power don’t produce all the wonderful outcomes they’re capable of.
I have friends with talents and dreams and when I have to say how many of them kept to their original convictions…that percentage is remarkably small.
I Miss the Mark
And then I have to evaluate myself. And then I have to admit my mistakes. My faults for not pushing through to achieve certain goals.
Personally I often relied on people to help me get there and when they disappear I don’t have the courage to keep going. Or perhaps I simply don’t believe enough in myself to try it on my own. Or a disappointment seems too big and I simply give up praying.
The Magic Word: YET
So there’s one thing that gives me hope.
There is one word I can add to these stories: YET.
I haven’t reached it YET. Trump is not a nice man YET. The world is not an ideal place YET. South Africa hasn’t found peace YET.
My fight is to net let the status quo depress me.
I think I’ve been in a slumber for a long time. Perhaps you’ve gone through those seasons when all you want to do is browse on Facebook and hide from all responsibilities.
But in the past few weeks I’ve experienced change in my actions. Something happened…a person, a book, the Word, enough rest or the most powerful of all I believe: A choice
A spark to be better, to do more, to chase those dreams again. What I haven’t achieved YET can still be in my tomorrows.
What the world is supposed to be can still become true. Because at one stage a World War ended, slavery came to an end and someone in the depths of despair found a solution in God.
Perhaps it’s naive to wish for perfect, but if I change a life like some people have changed mine for the better that’s something. And if that happens over and over and over again…we can YET build a better world.