Changing the World is More Difficult Than I Had Imagined...
It is no secret that I want to change the world - hopefully for the better. I think I have been pretty clear in detailing my aspirations here, in my home, community and at work. It is my desire to 'do something' that will have a positive impact on the lives of others. Our little hot sauce business has even stated that as one of its goals - to 'change the world one bottle at a time." That's nice, right? Laudable? Praiseworthy? Of course it is. Here is a secret though, I don't know what I am doing. I fail more than I succeed. I struggle with my time commitments at home and at work. I think I can do it all. The problem is that 'all' is just not possible.We have all heard the saying "With God all things are possible" (Matthew 19: 26) and I have no doubt that it is true. Just because something is possible doesn't mean it is part of God's plan for my life. The verse doesn't end with "all things are possible so Bob go and do all things." Not at all. The verse actually starts with "With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible." sometimes we forget that we are not able, nor called to do 'all' things.
I told you my secret, but do you know what? The real secret is that we are all in the same boat - quite literally. We are here on earth, all struggling, trying, succeeding, failing. We have been given wonderful resources and the opportunity to use them. We have been given gifts and talents and all that is asked of us is to use them for the glory of God.
So guess what? I am making a commitment to not try and do it 'all' anymore. I don't know if I will succeed but I do know that, at least for now, I feel liberated. Do I still want to change the world? You bet! Am I still going to work to change the world? Of course! But am I going to try and do it 'all'? No way. When I consider our tagline again I think we were right on the mark - change the world "one bottle at a time".
This weekend we will be picking bushels of hot peppers, cooking up sauces and bottling them and soon having them available for you to purchase. I am looking forward to being able to write our first donation check of the year to St. Francis Breadline and going on the World Vision Micro website to find entrepreneurs to fund. I ask that you keep us all in your prayers as I will keep you in mine.
One little story about the possible...how many of us would have had the courage to step out of the boat.
Matthew 14: 22 - 32 Jesus Walks on the Water Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”