We’ve been spending our spare minutes catching episodes of Scrubs on Netflix, our days at school, and our evenings surrounded by friends. And all throughout, news of the wider world gets woven in between, as we read the articles and watch the footage and scroll through the angry comments. We’re surrounded by the constant news of one hard thing after another. Mass shootings and executive orders and refugee crises. God of heaven, come down.
On one hand, I want to tell you all about my new moisturizer and point you in the direction of this styled shoot I collaborated on which got published last week. And on the other hand, I’m back at Wofford after returning from Africa, unable to sleep in my bed for a week and disgusted by my own privilege, broken by the brokenness of our world.
I feel stuck between wanting to leap into action and feeling frustratingly defeated. And at the same time, I’ve got classes to teach and relationships to maintain and meals to prep (can we talk about Whole 30? Another time, perhaps). Everywhere feels like an in-between place. I’m at a loss for how to live in response to it all.
But the thing I’m clinging to right now is that I can make an impact and positive change exactly where I am. In fact, I think we were created for the very purpose of filling this world with love and compassion and grace and joy – in our jobs, our neighborhoods, our friendships, our communities.
This article has some great starting places to give your time and attention to, and it can even get more basic. Call an old friend to catch up. Bring a meal to the mom who just had a baby. Bake something for your next door neighbor. Donate to a cause that you feel a personal connection to or passion for. Find out what a local shelter or food kitchen needs and help them stock up.
Most importantly, treat everyone you encounter with kindness and respect. We could all use a little more of that these days.