The art of doing nothing has been perfected so well by a lot of us here in the Western world of our so-called civilisation
It’s just so easy to turn our backs and do nothing when all we have to do is to turn on our television sets to see what is happening to the world as it spirales seemingly out of control.
I personally seem to have perfected the art of doing nothing to the nth degree – so to that end I have decided to stand up and be counted and help us much as I can to supply not only material things to those in need but also to cease taking a back seat and keeping my faith to myself.
Where we live in New South Wales Australia we are undergoing one of the worst droughts ever recorded and I can never remember such a winter that has been as bad. Our farmers and our food bowl which we all rely upon is in desperate need of rain which hasn’t fallen in certain areas for well over eight years. This web link will let you know exactly what is happening here https://edis.dpi.nsw.gov.au/
We are all pulling together to help each other with donations of food and water being trucked from other Australian states. Through this time it has been a wake up call to me of just how bad it can be. Yet, we are blessed that we have a government with the resources to assist and rally us all around to support each other during the crisis.
While I was challenged to help our farmers and so many others affected far more than we, I was also reminded of just how bad it is in other parts of the world who have no clean water at all, children and adults dying through starvation and thirst – we are so blessed.
Once more the art of doing nothing came home to me big time – the scenes of war are devastating – children and adults alike being persecuted and killed horribly for their faith on God – we really have no idea.
I was gobsmacked here in Australia for example when I see that Indonesia is hosting the Asian Games costing tens of millions of dollars yet other countries support poverty stricken children and families there through World Vision, Compassion and other aid organisations. YES The art of doing nothing is alive and well.
At our Growth group meeting this morning we talked about the REAL love of God and what it means. In 1 John 4 there is a lot to be said about loving your brothers and sisters in Christ – to make sure they are coping with life and all that it throws up to us often on a daily basis.
John doesn’t pull any punches when he writes that those who don’t show love to their brothers and sisters, then the love of God isn’t in them at all.
To be persecuted and hated by another is really tough – to forgive that person is tougher still but that is what we are commanded to do – we are also commanded to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5: 38-40). Does it mean that we have to go out time and time again turning the other cheek and being hated continually by the person or bully doing the hating?
I feel God doesn’t mean that – to forgive is great and actually releases you from the stranglehold of the chains of self-pity and even depression but I also feel that going back to try to regain a toxic relationship is not what God meant at all. Of course it all very much depends on the circumstances for each effected individual.
We certainly don’t want to engage in physical violence and we definitely don’t want to get caught up in the blame game and seek revenge.
With all those things in mind what can we do as Christians to stop ourselves from sitting back and perfecting the art of doing nothing? So easy to do if you have been on the receiving end of unfairness, hurtfulness and even violence.
Well, the first thing that comes to mind is prayer – Prayer for those in real need and also prayer for those who hate, bully and persecute. Some of the VERY bravest, courageous and bold warriors of Jesus are often those who have been hurt both physically and emotionally. They have realised that prayer is the answer for every problem.
So armed with heaps of prayer and knowing that God has forgiven us even considering all of the heartbreaks we have had and all the mistakes we have made what can we take away to help others going through similar experiences?
Love! Love when you are scared to love!
Give – Give when we are scared to give even if giving seems unfair to us – like in the case of Indonesia, lavishly dishing out millions of dollars when their own children are dying in poverty. Does it mean just because we feel it is unfair that we shouldn’t assist these children – of course not! That is definitely not what it is about.
Speak – Speak out for those who can’t speak – those in slavery or those in mental anguish – let’s not be satisfied with sitting on the sidelines and perfecting the art of doing nothing.
Fight – Fight for the weak and helpless – take time and effort with a brother or sister who are struggling , emotionally or financially. Keep an eye out for the sickly and the needy – think of creative ways we can help them while constantly praying earnestly for all.
It takes a soldier to walk the walk of faith – it’s so easy to just talk the talk – anyone can do that while at the same time doing nothing. So let’s live life for others always aware of their needs making sure we are prepared to stand tall for Jesus and them.