If you’re like me, you probably like to think of yourself as someone who gives back to humanity. I rate myself up there with famous philanthropists like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, except for the whole not having money part.  I love to think that some how my actions will benefit the world for a greater cause. I love the idea of being a part of something bigger. I think this is a great desire and something that needs to be cultivated in a lot of our lives.

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” –Maya Angelou

But let’s be honest. I love justice, compassion, and benefiting the world. However I think I’m more in love with the idea of justice and compassion than actually living it out.
I constantly talk about neighborhood revitalization, oversea missions or serving at the local food shelter. But I can’t tell you the last time, I’ve actually participated in any of things.
Even worse I’ve fallen in love with organizations that do great work all around the world, and with a tap of my thumbs I can donate to their cause and feel like I changed the world.
It’s easy to miss the point of justice.
While it’s great to give back and be a part of organizations, the act of justice is more about being a change within ourselves, rather than the world. In fact I would argue the world changing, is a bi-product of your life being changed.
As a Christian, Jesus hasn’t called me to save the world. He’s called me to change my life.
Have you ever loved the idea of changing the world more than actually doing something? 
What is the last project/situation that you did that brought justice/compassion to the world?
What’s the hardest thing about living out justice?

 

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