Right now, who doesn’t want to help with world hunger?  Who isn’t willing to donate $10, $20 or more to Red Cross to aid relief in Japan?   Who doesn’t have a sponsor child these days?  Most people, in general, express genuine concern for the welfare of others.

Moms, and women in general, easily lean towards compassion.  We are moved by poverty.  We can’t stand to see a child without a home.  We are moved with passion towards injustice.  We cry at seeing a dolphin on a commercial for heaven’s sake (you HAVEN’T?  Am I the only one??)  We are advocates of the broken.

Have you seen “The Blind Side” with Sandra Bullock?  GREAT movie!  I don’t know one person who has watched it that didn’t love it.   However, after watching that movie, I was restless within myself.  Let me tell you why.

First, I was extremely challenged.  Like, EXTREMELY.  I felt this question hit me strait in the face: “Would you do the same?”    Ummm….. well…. it would depend if he seemed like a nice enough kid.   It would depend if we could afford it.  It would depend if it was a convenient time in our lives – I mean, it’d be hard with having such young kids at home….

You know what I discovered about myself when confronted with that question?   I have a TON of excuses why I probably wouldn’t, I mean COULDN’T.   Of course I WANT to!  But all the logical reasons of why NOT would out-weigh the apparent need standing directly in front of me.

Here’s a hard truth to swallow: when a need presents itself to us, it will most likely never be at a “convenient” moment in our lives. We probably won’t have “enough money” (even though we can afford a $5 coffee every day….)   Everything about our present situation will scream; “You can’t do anything about it”.

I think about what would have happened if Sandra Bullock’s character wouldn’t have acted?   Look at what that young man turned into!   If only I’d be willing to live out what altruism really means: selflessness.

You see, the problem with our fallen nature is that we want to help people IF it fits.  IF we have enough money to give but also have what we want.   I’ll help, but only if I can still buy my daily starbucks, have my extra spending cash for the mall, still be able to get to the cottage every summer, not have to give up what I want…..

This sickens me about myself.  I’m at constant war with what I want to do and what I ACTUALLY do.    I need to take action, or a year, 2 years, 10 years will go by and I will still be in the same place: WANTING to make a difference but still coming up with all sorts of reasons why I can’t.

But at least I’ll have had my starbucks every day…..?

How about you?  Are you restless with all your excuses as well?  This year I want a little less talk, a little more action in my life.

The meditation of your heart will determine the motivation of your life. – Chari Gambill