Thursday, May 24, 2012

If not you, then who?

Every one of us has the opportunity to change lives for the better.  It may be quite simple.  A stranger is struggling with pumping gas or short a dollar at the checkout and you step in to help.  It may be small to you but it just changed their day.
These easy things are not so rare.  I love the stories at Christmas about people anonymously paying people's lay-aways off.  Everyone feels good on both sides of that equasion.
And then there are the bigger occasions that require some risk.  You witness someone being abusive and intervene.  You run into a burning building or brave the fire in a burning car to pull someone out.  We call those people heroes.  Not everyone can or will do that.  It requires selflessness and risk.  Those are momentary decisions and most of us hope that we would do the same thing if faced with that situation.  But many of us could not.
And then sometimes we are called to do something that will change many lives.  It will be misunderstood.  It will be attacked.  It will come with risk.  But it is far bigger than you.  And no matter how hard you try to ignore it, you will be reminded from the right - from the left - in front of your feet and before your eyes.  It will not go away. 
So - do you run into the burning building or look around hoping someone else will?  Why does it have to be you?  When the time comes, you know why.  If not you, then who?  Only fear stops you.

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