Get Into It

The election is over. At least for most people. And, I, for one, am thankful I don't have to think about voting for a while. We have a newly appointed leader to pray for now. I would love to clear my mind of all the issues that have surfaced over the past year, but I can't. There are things all around that need attention. 

We watched a movie called "The Aeronauts" a few nights ago. Based on two people's true story in the mid-1800's who flew to almost 36,000 ft high in a hot air balloon to study the weather. It was a pretty intense 100-minute movie depicting a 73-minute flight. In the end, the main character reflects on her journey and says something that I can't get out of my head: "you can't change the world just by observing; you have to be in it." 

That's how I feel about a few issues right now. I am convicted of speaking less and doing more. I can observe all that is around me, or I can be a part of the solution. 

If I am frustrated that there are families hungry in our own backyard, am I willing to do something about it? If I vocalize my heart for those who are trafficked, am I ready to get involved? If I see inequality in my company or church, am I willing to help make changes? 

The world tells us to "do what's best for you" while simultaneously pushing the "we are all in this together, so make sure you put others first." That seems contradictory. And yet, scripture tells us to love each other and care for one another, sometimes at the expense of our own comfort. 

"Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." - James 2:14-17‭‭
"Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart." - 1 Peter‬ ‭1:22‬ ‭

Love doesn't start and end with feelings; it takes action. Jesus modeled with His life and through his death, love moves. 

We all have issues we are passionate about but talk in circles without actually doing anything. The Holy Spirit moves in us and calls us to take action in big and little ways. There are some incredible people out there who are in it every. single. day. If you are one of them, thank you for being obedient and loving in action. 

If you are like me, maybe you want to take a step but are afraid. How can you get involved without sacrificing your home life? How can you guarantee it won't affect you or your family? 

Guess what? 

It probably will affect you and your family. It might just affect you in ways you never expected. If you feel a stirring within you, maybe God is asking you to get into the balloon and take the journey. You can't change the world just by observing it. You have to be like Jesus and get in it!  

  1. Discover your passion. What things keep coming up that stir your heart? If you have a few, then start with one and take the next step. 
  2. Reach out. Ask around. Find out what organizations or people have a program in place that would be a good fit. 
  3. Set a date for when you will begin. It might be tomorrow or two weeks from tomorrow. If it's on your calendar, then you are more likely to make it happen.

Extra resources: 

*My husband works for Youth For Christ International. There are chapters all over the world. Maybe one right near you. They have tons of programs and different ways to get involved with the community. If you need an introduction, I might know someone who knows someone ;)

*Contact your local food bank. Many families are struggling to get food either due to a quarantine, lack of income, or not being in school to get free lunches. If you are in South Denver, SECOR is always looking for volunteers.

*Covered Colorado. This organization helps women out of the sex-trafficking industry.

*Your local church. Most churches have connections or need help serving the community.


JL McCarthy

November 17, 2020