Daily Thoughts, March 17, 2011
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Experience

As I grew up I never imagined I would be the age I am.  It is not a bad thing.  I feel that I am able to do as much as I want to do.  In addition to the age number, there is an added benefit.  Time brings a type of certainty born from experience that I never expected at any age.  I have also come to realize how much I enjoy the challenge of using my experience to help a community achieve what it sees as difficult.  Candidly, I do not see my experience as anything special.  Everyone has a unique perspective that can add value to those around them.  For me, it is simply what I have as a result of five plus decades of living.

The question I wake up to is a simple one.  What can I do to make a difference to those around me?  Will I be a force for good?  Will I turn away and focus on myself at the expense of my community?

I listen to others present and past reminding me of truths that come with experience.  One writer notes the priceless opportunity we have; “All of you, slave and free both, were once held hostage in a sinful society.  Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom.  So please don’t, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you.”  (1 Corinthians 7.23)  I listen and I am back to the question of today.  What will it be?

The witness of those making a difference is a powerful call for hope.  In the context of tragedy, those willing to give for others is a testimony to the eternal value community brings.

The world needs our engagement.  There is a cry for compassion.  There is a thirst for mercy.  There is a longing to know Hope’s face and touch.  For some, we are the one that can be God’s touch in her/his life. We may struggle.  Regardless of where we are, God is willing to have us as Divine Ambassadors.

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