Sunday, September 23, 2012

step by step

Our faith says you don't have to win, you just have to get up every day and keep trying. That was my biggest takeaway from hearing the amazing Marian Wright Edelman speak this morning at Christ Episcopal Church. Those words seemed heaven sent after experiencing an 'aha' moment last week while juxtaposing my own timeline against the greater timeline of history. There was my little dot at 1961 amid all that came before and all that has happened since. Some events were exhilarating (Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, 1969) and positive (the advancement of women's rights), but what really stood out to me was that war, human cruelty and poverty are perpetual themes that will likely exist throughout time in our fractured world. I've been carrying that around for a few days and with it a vague sense of futility. It would be easy to get stuck there, but then Marian came along and said that all we have to do is step out in faith and leave the results to God. One person reaching out can lead to change. Our actions matter. They may not show up the timeline with asterisks and exclamation points, but what we do can affect history. Just take it one faith-filled step at at time.
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1 comment:

My Little Bungalow said...

This is beautifully written, Julie, as all your posts are. But this idea really gives us something to think about. Thank you for sharing.