In December of 2015, David and I had an engagement party in Brooklyn. It also served as a going away party, so it was very bitter sweet. People gave speeches and we laughed and shared memories. Every word I have cherished for the past year as I’ve embarked on this new chapter of life. When I lived in New York, I worked at a children’s ministry that does street evangelism in the way of mobile kid’s churches. Something that made a huge impression on me was in my first two months there when I was an intern I saw the impacted of the organization. I saw how we were reaching thousands of children and helping hundreds of families every week. But when it came to the youth services there were only about 50-100 teens.
I made a statement about this lack of teen impact to an extern that was visiting our team for a week. What he said has made a lasting impression on me. He said, “what are you going to do about it?” This phrase has become a motivation for all the problems I see in this world. If I see something that I could complain about or criticizes these words ring in my ear, “what are you going to do about it?”
It’s easy to criticize. It’s easy to complain about the way this world is. But doing something about it is a whole lot harder. I strive to be a person that makes this world we live in a better place. I strive to be a person who brings change instead of one that complains. I haven’t perfected it yet. In fact, I am no where close to bringing the changes I want to see in this world into reality. But it takes one step forward everyday. It’s going to take a commitment to seeing a world full of hurt and instead of complaining about it, praying about it. Asking God to show me the things I can do to change the world around me.
One of the speeches from the engagement party sticks out to me especially. She’s a girl that I had been working with for three years. She had a lot of unfair struggles in her childhood. She had so many hurts. I tried so hard to help her however I could. But often I felt she was just so closed off. That she wasn’t listening. That night at the party, I saw a thirteen year old teenager sharing about the different things I had told her through the years. How they had impacted her and inspired her.
Most people don’t get the privilege I did that night to hear about the impact they’ve made in the world around them. I’m so grateful for her words. I ‘m so grateful to have heard about the impact I was able to make in hers and so many other lives in the years I spent “doing something about it.”
A little over a year later I’m reminded in my new chapter of life, that I can still be doing something about the hurts I see in the world. I can encourage my co-workers when they feel worn down between work and school. I got to talk to a customer about my faith and how it motivates me while I was changing the toilet paper in the bathroom at the mermaid house. I get to pray for Benjy’s mom for he upcoming surgery. And sing worship songs in a home that is looking for some hope.
Everyday is an opportunity to bring light to a hurting world. You may never know how it impacts people. Today I am challenged once more to be the change I want to see in the world.