You Can and You Should
Sometimes you don’t think you can, but you can.
Sometimes you don’t see the point, but there is one.
Sometimes you don’t want to, but you should.
Sometimes the it is hard to love, but you should love anyway.
In life I’ve learned that things aren’t always what they seem, and that we, as people, can become quite fickle. It is so easy to get caught up in the things we want to do, or how we think the world should work, that we miss the truth behind the impact we can make around us. I’ve noticed that there is never just one thing that hinders us when it comes to making a difference, or fulfilling our purpose, but there are, rather, many things. At times it is our doubts that keep us from being daring while at other times it is our selfishness. In one moment our fears might keep us from being bold, and in quite another moment it might be our pride. Our response to life changes as we, in all our fickle moods, change.
However, I am also learning that if we take a moment to see life clearly we can begin to profoundly change the lives of those around us.
I noticed this on Friday while I was at a booth at the fair. I was teaching a student how to juggle when another student came up to me, tapped me on the shoulder, and handed me a foam dart. “There you go!” he said, quite excitedly. A bit dazed I realized who it was: it was a student who I would shoot foam darts to every year at the fair. I would shoot them up into the air, and he would try to catch them – almost always missing. On the last shot last year, however, he caught it, and I let him keep it. So this year he decided to make sure he found me at the fair to return it.
I stood there amazed at the gesture.
Then later in the night I was reintroduced to a student named Tyler and his girlfriend Lisa. Tyler was at our booth last year and was super good at the Indo Board. He came up and asked it he could try it again. After he balanced for a while on it he began to tell me how as soon as he got home last year he made his own Indo Board. He got an old skate board deck and a PVC pipe (wrapped in duct tape) and constructed his own balance board because he liked it so much. Then I told him about our Mystery Night at the Barn and he got super excited. He looked me in the eyes before he left and said, “I’ll see you in October! I’m not going to miss your event!”
Both of these encounters reminded me of something: the impact you make is not a plan, the impact you make is an act of love. We don’t sit down with a plan of how to best impact the lives around us, but rather we must actively seek to love those we encounter. We will never know the impact we make until we overcome our doubts, fears, pride, and selfishness to simply love people like Christ Jesus loved them. That our purpose: to love as Christ loved. That love is all we truly have to offer, God will take care of the rest.