Watching a mere 60-seconds of television was more than sufficient to, predictably, trigger my sense of ire this morning. Few things will rob me of peace faster than the news…
Following the Paris attacks yesterday, a Dutch airliner was grounded upon information of a tweeted threat against that particular flight. Of course, my initial irritation was that most likely it was some idiot took it upon themselves to take advantage of a terrible tragedy to create further chaos, but then something inside me became profoundly sad. To piggyback travesty in an attempt to boost one’s sense of power, or relevance, points to a glaring depravity in the human soul.
While I often respond to people who initiate pandemonium with great irritation, I have also realized that the voice in my head that screams, “what’s wrong with these people?!?!,” can most easily be answered by making a 30-step walk to that large piece of glass that hangs in my bathroom.
Very few people walk in the full understanding of their purpose and value in this world. Few grasp how intimately intertwined we are as humans. To every action there is a reaction, and there are usually lives and hearts at the other end of our daily decisions.
I would submit that there are not as many “bad” people in the world, but rather many who merely do not understand their value. Those with a seemingly over-inflated sense of importance, or need to control and dominate, actually struggle with an absolute blindness to their own capacity to contribute. What may seem like a simple prank to some, a harmless statement, can often trigger a chain of events which can potentially have deep and lasting consequences to others. A person’s momentary decision to flippantly tweet, carelessly gossip, or cowardly text, prevent someone from getting to a dying loved one in time, destroy a relationship, or start a chain of events that cannot easily be undone.
It is challenging to effectively convey the absolute peace and resolve that accompanies the revelation of one’s purpose. While some days are clouded by circumstance, the prevailing truth remains and takes the form of faith when it’s hard to see. One of my favorite things about coaching is the opportunity to help awaken in someone else, and even myself, the beauty and life-changing power of purpose. When we walk in our freedom we release others to do the same.
Imagine a world where we were all effectively functioning in who we were designed to be – cognizant of our value, passionate about community, and responsible with our liberty. We cannot possibly change the course of the world, but we CAN affect change in ourselves and in those around us. Let’s take what is wrong, and love it to right…
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. – Proverbs 20:5
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. – 2 Timothy 1:9