"When there is no enemy within, the enemies
outside cannot hurt you." - African Proverb
By nature, humans are a people of blindness. We
turn a blind eye to the things that would make us
uncomfortable; for example, we see the commercials
of those in severe poverty all over our world and
simply change the channel, we read newspaper
articles about veterans coming home and struggling
to make ends meet and we turn the page, or maybe
we even hear of those in our own communities that
are going through a severe loss and we utter
statements like "Bless their hearts" rather than
actually being a blessing to them. In some ways,
changing those things would be of tremendous
benefit, but I believe it to be a blindness towards our
personal issues that make it hard for us to truly see
our world as it is.
2 Corinthians 13:5 - "Examine yourselves, to see
whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do
you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus
Christ is in you? - unless you indeed you fail to meet
the test!"
Once we examine ourselves, and test ourselves, it
should provoke us to reach out to others in a way
that the world is not familiar with. A form of
outreach anchored in more than just words, articles,
and commercials... Outreach from a place of action,
truth, and love.
In 1 John 3:18, John writes, "Little children, let us
not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."