A Calling to Something Greater

There have been a lot of things in the media and in the news which are just horrifying. And I am not talking about most of the stuff I am seeing on my Facebook’s trending list:

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I make sure to give credit where credit is due, so I will note that Israel and Iraq are both on the list, as is Ukraine, even though they are between the Hollywood darlings and the sports stars.

There are children being murdered, not in the name of religion but in the name of power; some will say religion, but religion is just the mask, and if you can’t see past it, please take another look. There are people dying and suffering. There are women and children and men and families who are starving, fighting, running, and hiding as terrible things happen all around us. In the meantime, who do we look to solve these problems? Who can really do something about this?

As a mother I am unable to sleep very well at the thought of some of the things going on in the world, and how many people are witnessing it thanks to YouTube. As a Christian, and as a person who has a heart for teenagers growing up, I have to confess I am more than unsettled by what is in the news. And what it could me for me, too, on a personal level.

In my novel, Slumbering, my main character has a moment in the book where he acknowledges that belief – real belief – makes you change. And change is scary, and uncomfortable, and undesirable. We want to live in a world where we can have all we want and do what we want and not worry about anything. I know – I’ve been there several times.

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But the truth is, we cannot expect to get to the deeper things in life without sacrificing our own peace, pleasure, and affluence at times. This world is caught up in sin’s downfall, and we will see good and bad, deserved or not, and there is a tightrope between helplessness and hopelessness we all have to slackline at some point.

So while I usually like to write about literary things, and fluffier things, and humorous things, I’ve decided to ask you, my readers, to awaken to the world around you, even just a little bit more.

Be on your guard for lies, coddling, and distractions.

Make compassion a concern, and prayer a priority (even if you do not believe in God, you cannot make the world a better place by hating on those who do).

Find a way to help out, even if it is in a small way.

These are simple things, but they are things which can profoundly change the world.

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