What Are You Waiting For?

Are you Waiting on the World to Change?

Part of the brilliance of this song is that it makes me want to sing, “Waiting (Waiting!) Waiting on the song to change!” Ad nauseam. Could there be a better expression of frustration with the culture and climate of the world around us? Nah…well done, John.

But seriously. Every time I hear this song, I groan, I roll my eyes, and I cry out, “John! You’re killing me! Stop waiting! Do something!”

I think those of us living normal lives fall easily into the mindset that the world just ebbs and flows however it will, and no one person (or even a group of “normal” people) can affect the world. But the older I get, the more I am convinced that the world is changed by people just like you and me, just like John Mayer and all those young adults singing along with him, “waiting on the world to change!”

The question is not whether individuals can change the world.

The question is whether you will be one of the individuals who affects change in the world, or whether you will “keep on waiting…waiting on the world to change.”

What do you think? Can individuals change the world?

More importantly…what are you waiting for?

Glimpses of Destiny

I don’t really believe in personal destiny. I believe in making choices, and the Divine Providence who knew what choices I would make long before I came to be. Without getting into an enormous theological discussion about destiny, allow me to say…

I think I stumbled into a couple glimpses of my destiny today. It was terrifying. It was healing. It was confrontational. I’m not sure what to make of it. It caused me to ask some big questions, the most important being: Is there anything you would be willing to die for?

It’s such a flippant discussion in Christian circles. We all want to say we’d be willing to die for the cause of Christ. I’m not sure that we would be. If we would, I’m not sure we’d be so quick to claim it.

But are there other things? Would you be willing to die for your family? Your friends? An innocent stranger? Your country?

Food for thought.

Have a good weekend.

Pax Domini!

Where My Fathers Died

I’ve been digging.

It’s healthy, I think, to want to know where we come from, who our ancestors are, what our heritage is. I have always been interested in family history, but it has been especially weighing on my heart since my grandmother’s death last summer. My grandparents are all gone now. I knew them so little.

So I am digging. There is so much history to unearth, not just regarding my grandparents, but the entire history of my family. It amazes me to learn where these men and women came from, what they accomplished with their lives. And it further amazes me to realize that all of their challenges, convictions, and determination have led to their descendant (me) writing a blog post about her connection to them. It reminds me how small I am in this great world.

But it humbles me, too. It forces me to step back and look at the various threads woven together to create this tapestry. These were men and women who were willing to sacrifice everything for freedom. And it humiliates me, because I have to ask myself what I’ve been willing to sacrifice for freedom.

It’s easy to believe that freedom is honored by our government, by our fellow man. It’s easy to take for granted that blessed liberty that others have spilled their very life’s blood to secure. It is easy to presume that these liberties will always be protected by our government.

Those of us whose families have lived in North America for generations need to remember. We need to dispel the complacency we’ve adopted, as if our freedoms have always existed and always will.

It isn’t just the founding fathers who sacrificed–though they certainly did. It was not only their sacrifices that ensured our freedoms. It was the men and women who fought, who died–who still fight and die.

I always thought it was a declaration, but today I am convinced it need be our prayer:

Land where my fathers died

Land of the pilgrims’ pride

From every mountainside

Let freedom ring

Glenn Beck & Yoda

I mean no disrespect to Beck…or to Yoda…but I just have to say it.

Whenever I watch Beck and he says something like, “America, if you don’t get it yet…you will,” it reminds me of the scene in Yoda’s cave when Luke says, “I’m not afraid!” Yoda says, “You will be!…You will be!”  Hehehehe. Sorry. I don’t know why.  Just thought I’d share.

Star Wars Day

I can think of no better way to celebrate Star Wars Day than to share with you the greatest video of all time.

Bonus SemBlog Points, today only. 1,500 bonus points if you say it (“may the fourth be with you”), and 1,500 bonus points for sharing your favorite Star Wars quote.

Happy Star Wars Day! Erm, I mean…May the Fourth be with you!