Have you ever been in that head space where someone’s going on and on about the ills of the world, and you get that lump of guilt in the gut, and the proverbial weight on your shoulders, and think, “Geez! I know! I’m doing what I can! But it’s really difficult to do much to change this. Can you stop with the doom and guilt trip?”
Or maybe you’re that person who has really high standards for humanity and think, “Come on, y’all! It’s not that hard! Why can’t you just care and do a little more to make the world better?”
I’ve been on both sides of that coin, and I imagine you have been, too. That’s when I recall one of my favorite moments in Boston. I was at BU’s freshman orientation, and the Dean of Students quoted Howard Thurman, saying something along the lines of, “Don’t try and figure out what the world needs. Figure out what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who are fully alive and living into their purpose.”
That’s when I realized that guilt is irrelevant to the needs of the world. Life, life to the fullest, transforming, healing, vibrant life is the most powerful means to a better world. and that Life, is found in Love. That’s the most powerful gift of the Easter story: Life rooted in Love is more powerful than any other force in the world. To focus on these is to bring God and God’s relationship to the world.
That’s why we’re focusing on calling in this year’s Stewardship Campaign. I want us to ponder this a bit before Sunday so we have rich discussions about our first question, “What is a calling, and how do you discover yours? In other words, what makes you come alive? What drives you to get out of bed in the morning, and what makes living worth the while? I eagerly look forward to seeing what treasures come forth for us in this conversation!