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Schooling You on Why I Teach

I have been sick.  This afternoon I needed to stimulate my brain, so I blogged surfed for a bit.  I found an interesting blog based on a story about a teacher “grade-in” that was broken up by the police.  Teacher grade-ins are peaceful demonstrations in which teachers gather in public places and, well, grade.  They work on the grading that they would normal do at home.

I know what you are thinking…why?

The point, or one main point among others, is to open the eyes to people the amount of work that teachers do on their “own time.”  I put that in quotes because, as a teacher, I know that my “own time” is seldom my own.  I have to juggle the massive amounts of planning, grading, professional development, preparation, and even shopping (for demonstration materials…I am a science teacher) with my family, home chores, friends, church, and the rest of life.  There isn’t much “own time” left.

Oh, so you are one of those complaining-type teachers, Mr. OneCupofJoe guy, huh?

No, I just said that because I understand where these teachers are coming from.  I don’t think that a lot of people understand what teachers do.  We balance all of what I said along with trying how to differentiate between each learner we teach, help low-achieving students achieve higher goals, help high-achieving students be challenged and not lazy, staying in contact with parents, meeting the expectations of administrators, working with students with behavior issues, not neglecting the non-behavior issue students, studying our content at a deeper level, trying to keep up with current educational and brain research, and the thousand other things I left out.  Teaching is actually a profession.  Not a lesser calling.  Not, quite frankly, a career for the weak.

I thought you said you were going to complain, Complainy McComplainerson.

Still not, just relating to my grade-in teaching educational brothers and sisters.  Their goal is to help the public see a little of the “teaching life.”  I understand that.  Especially in a world where regulations come down from non-educators and where choices are made by people only looking at what it “costs” to educate.  Also, we teachers are surrounded by people who like to joke about the hours and vacations (to that my reply is always…”They aren’t vacations…it’s comp. time).  Anyway, I understand where these teachers are coming from.

On the otherside of the “grade-ins” is the politics of spending cuts and cries for higher wages.  Okay, I am SO not getting in to the politics of this…I do agree that money is being wasted, but it is not on the teachers.  I think that the educational system needs a major audit.  I am in a right-to-work state, so we do not have unions.  I am not sure on my feelings on teachers unions, but I am pretty sure they are not the answer.  Real reform is the answer, but that is another blog for another day.

The reason for writing this is because as I read and thought about the grade-in that was broken up by the police in New York (see link in first paragraph), I had to ask myself what I thought about the grade-in “movement” (there have been several of these to pop up across the country).  Would I take part or even consider orchestrating one of these in my city?  The thought did cross my mind…but why?

That led me to the question of why I teach.  Why do I teach?  I definitely feel like I was called to teach.  God put the desire on my heart, and he opened up a vast series of doors as I pursued it.  But it is more than that…I know have a passion about education, namely educating in the situation I teach in (I teach in a Title I school…click the link to learn what that means).  Today, though the doctor said I was too sick to go to school today, I missed my students.  I missed teaching today and wished I felt better and was doing what I do.  I am a teacher…and proud!

I don’t teach for the money (what money 🙂  ).  I don’t teach for the “hours.”  I don’t teach for the vactions.  I don’t teach so you can think of me as saintly for dealing with what I have to deal with.  I don’t teach for you to feel bad for me for the time contraints.  I don’t teach for you wish teachers made more.  I don’t teach to show off how much I have to do.  I don’t teach for you.  I don’t teach for me (I would have burned out a long time ago if this were true).  I teach for my students.  I teach as a steward of the gifts and talents the God gave me.  I teach because God called us to love others, especially those less fortunate than ourselves.

I teach as a gift of love and practice of faith.  My faith has been grown and stregthened because teaching isn’t easy, espeically where I teach.  I teach because God has given me gifts and talents to use to serve others.  This is what I am doing.  I am trying to live out the Gospel with my life.  I teach because I can’t do it on my own.  I teach as an act of sacrafice.  I offer the little I have and allow to God use it as he will.  In my case it is mostly for the sake of educating students who need a leg up…but who knows what the seeds of love and service can produce.

I don’t think I would attend a “grade-in.”  This is a private act of service and sacrafice between God and I.  I don’t need you to feel bad.

PS…If you do want to help me “do what I do”…please check out my Donor’s Choose projects and think about donating.  Everything little or big helps.  Both of them have about two weeks left…and they are both being doubled.  Please think about helping.  Project oneProject two.

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Faith and Life, Teaching

 

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Killed to Death

A friend shared this post on Facebook.  I laughed to the point that LA just had to know what it was.  She is not a Facebooker, and doesn’t really get why I enjoy reading people’s updates and whatnot.  Every once in a while, though, my reaction is enough to get her curious.  This was one of those times.

Okay, I know, I probably should not find hilarity over the death of someone.  I agree…however, I am laughing at the gaff made by who ever was in charge of the CG (character generator…what is used to create titles for TV).  It was probably a simple mistake, but it is still funny.  I laughed even as I looked at it again to get the picture to post here.  You can’t deny that it hits you in the funny bone.

I wanted to post something more light-hearted given all of the serious and challenging posts here lately.  I don’t want to get in a rut of only posting things like that.  So for a more cheery side to me, I am going to talk about death.

***SPOILER ALERT***

We are all going to die one day.  Yep.  Death is inevitable.  Yes, even you.  Even me.  All of us.  Sorry if you are the last one to find out, but it is true.

I am not sure on the timeline of things (I do have a really cool LOST-like theory, though), but at some point after death we are going to face God in judgment.  He is going to present our lives, the whole thing, and call us to account for what we have done.  We are going to have to answer for our sin, our pride, and our care (or lack thereof) of others.  I am going to be called out, and I will have to answer.

What can I say?  I will have to admit that I have lied, cheated, stolen, lusted, hated, disobeyed, disrespected, coveted, put myself first, and have not looked out for the interest of others before me.  I will have to admit these and probably millions of other things.  I will have to throw myself before God and say that I have done all of this and more.  However, I will also have the chance to call on his promises.

I will be able to say that though I have done all of these things, I can not serve the punishment for them.  I will remind God that his own Son Jesus died and took the wrath for my life and sins.  I will show him the marks of the Spirit in my life.  I will throw myself upon his mercy and cry out for Jesus to come and be my righteousness.

I am not sure what will happen next in detail, but in some way this will be enough.  Maybe Jesus will come to my defense, and as evidence present his scars.  What ever it is, I will be acquitted.  I know there maybe some consquences or something related to how well I have used the life given me through Christ and the Spirit, but I survive the judgement and be ushered into the the new life.  The life after life here on Earth.  Take a look at John 3:13-18 if you want to know why I know something will happen to save me from judgment.

I am not sure what Heaven is like, but I know I will be there.  I will be with the billions before the Throne of God.  I will praise Jesus as the Lamb of God.  I will eat at the wedding feast.  I will enjoy life with God forever.  I don’t know what that is like, but I can’t wait.

One day I will be “killed to death,” but I don’t fear that day.  To live is Christ, but to die is gain.  I love living here on Earth, but it is not my home…and that is the place I will go when I close my eyes here.  I just hope to bring as many people as I can with me (to Heaven, not death!).  I love what Rich Mullins said in the song Land of My Sojourn and I will close with this:

Nobody tells you when you get born here
How much you’ll come to love it
And how you’ll never belong here
So I call you my country
And I’ll
be lonely for my home
And I wish that I could take you there with me

 

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I Triple Dog Dare You…

Okay, so recently I have been feeling my over-dependence on slothfulness…and my biggest enabler of being a three-toed tree climber is the good ol’ television.  It has become way too much of the highlight of my day to go vegetable on the couch in front of TV’s “warm glowing warming glow” (a quote from Homer Simpson himself).  But it is more than just the laziness invlovled, it is a bit deeper.

It is escapism.  I am trying to lose myself in TV.  Not that there is anything inherently wrong with getting wrapped up in a show or movie, it is just that it can be what “gets you through the day.”  Anything that you need to “get through” something that is not related to God is probably not a good thing.  So escapism is a problem for me.  I admit it.  But as I dig through my growing TV addiction conviction, it seems there are even more issues involved.

I am allowing what I watch to invade my mind.  Not that I am watching anything bad, but I find that my mind is grabbing on to quotes from shows, funny scenes, or just anything from TV (including commercials).  These play through my mind all day.  When a situation comes up, I jump to something I watched recently.  I am spurred on by the created show/movie/commercial…not the Creator of all of everything.  Shouldn’t the Spirit be speaking to me and not Michael Scott?  I am drowning out the movement of the power and wisdom of God in my life with the blaring sounds of the world.  This can’t be a good thing.  It can’t.

I know this is probably linked to something deeper.  Okay, not probably.  The heart is that I am worshipping at the chruch of Joe.  Pride and self-idolatry is the real issue.  I have been reading a lot in the Old Testament about how the Israelites kept turning away from God to idols…even in the desert with the thunder and lightening of God dancing with Moses on the mountain top just down the road where they can see.  How more likely am I to turn to idols?  All throughout the prophets, God is begging Israel to turn away from these, smash them up, and trust him.  I do believe he is wanting me to do the same.  This weekend the Spirit started showing me some of my idols…it is weird but they all seem to have my face.  I do love ME too much.

So how do I start smashing idols?  Discipline and listening to the move of the Spirit in my heart.  This is what led me to the conversation with LA after church that has resulted in our Unplugged Challenge.  We are unplugging from our TV.  We are going to do this for a week.  We will move from there once the week is over and see if it needs to be longer.  No using TV as a way to drown out God.  We are going to seek him and each other this week.  I am looking forward to it.  So far, so good.  (Sidenote…we don’t have cable or anything, so unplugging for us includes Netflix and Hulu online.)

Here is the thing.  Paul said in Philippians 4:8- 9 (NLT), “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”  Basically, what ever is worthy of God is what we should dwell on.  We so often don’t.  We think about things that are fun, entertaining, or interesting.  We don’t think of the things of God as much because sometimes that can be hard and challenging.  Sometimes it means breaking down our pride.  Smashing our Me Idols.   Who likes to do that?

I would like to give you the challenge to pick something you need to unplug from.  I triple dog dare you to take the Unplugged Challenge.  What do you need to give up for a week so you can hear the gentle voice of the Spirit leading you closer to him?  What “Me Idols” do you need to smash or at least get a good look at and allow God to help you smash?  Will you take the challenge for a week and give something up?

What is your “something in the way” that you can give up for a week?  What is it that you are using, consiously or unconsiously, to run away from God in your life in small or big ways?  Do you think you can take the challenge for a week?

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Uganda, the LRA, and Invisible Children — Repost

This is an older post, but I have decided to post it again because it is a very current subject.  This post includes what is going on in Uganda, what the LRA is, and how you can help through the organization called Invisible Children.  Most of this was written by a guest blogger, Chris Rosenberry.  Please read, learn, and then help.  It is so easy and can be done right through this blog.  Thanks!

Two weekends ago, I started a segment called “Why Weekends” in which I want to look at problems in the world that we, as inhabitants of our planet, are all responsible to be a part of changing.  I do believe the Christians should be motivated by the love of God to make a difference in light of these issues, but I also think it is something for everyone to work on no matter what you believe.  The first one was about extreme poverty in the world and one way to be a part of the solution (give it a read if you haven’t Why Weekends–Why and WorldVision-Part 1).  I intended to get to Part 2 this week becauase I was sick over the weekend, but another solution to an extreme poverty related issue presented itself to me and I wanted to move on it.

“How You Can Be the Change” will be an occasional segment for opportunities that come up to offer you ways to “be the change” that the world needs with minimal effort on your part.  Part of this will be to include “experts” when I can to give you first hand information and experiences from other people.  Today I was able to do that.

I have asked my friend, Chris Rosenberry, to write and tell you about an organization called “Invisible Children.”  If that sounds familiar it might be because it is on your computer screen right now.  Look to the left of the page.  There is a widget called “Social Vibe”.  This is a way for you to raise money and support for charities by just watching ads online.  That is all you have to do.  You only have to sacrafice a couple of minutes.  So easy!  I have chosen Invisible Children for my charity because what they do is awesome and what they are fighting is awful.  Instead of me telling you about it, I will let Chris give tell you about his experiences with the organization and about why it is so important to him.

Chris went to North Greenville College with me for a little while (Go Mounties!).  He is now the Youth and Arts pastor at The Refuge in Hilton Head, SC.  He is the husband of but one wife and the father of three.  Chris has a passion for social justice, obscure music, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Okay, take over Chris.

Five years ago my eyes were opened to an unseen tragedy that would change my life, and the lives of my family, forever.  I had just begun working as a youth pastor in Hilton Head, SC and was looking for ways to get my students involved in missions projects which we could support without getting in a van or on a plane.  In my research, I found a video, backed by the Killers’ song “All These Things That I’ve Done” (an instant selling point), where high school and college aged students were giving up the comforts of their beds to sleep in fields and parking lots, writing letters, and trying to make people aware of one of the greatest disasters of their generation.

For well over 20 years a war has been waging in East Africa, in the nation of Uganda.  This war, a civil war, began as a well supported uprising within the Acholi people, the people of Northern Uganda, against the nation’s government.  But when its leader was exiled and a new leader, named Joseph Kony, attempted to take control of the rebellion by creating his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) support dwindled.  With little support from his own people, Kony and the LRA resorted to abducting children and forcing them to fight as part of the LRA.

Since Kony took control of the rebellion, thousands of children have been abducted and thousands have lost their innocence and their lives.  It is estimated that currently 90% of the LRA is made up of children, and that over the years as many as 66,000 children have been abducted.  It is also estimated that over the course of the war, over 1.8 million Northern Ugandans have been forced into Internally Displaced Camps (IDP camps) as a way of minimizing the casualties of this war.  And though about 900,000 of these people have been allowed to return to their homes, there are still almost 1 million people living in IDP camps where approximately 1,000 people die every week.

The war in Northern Uganda, which has now also spread to Congo and other East African nations, has been called the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today.  What is worse, is that for many many years this crisis was completely invisible to the outside world.  That is, until 3 film students from San Diego got on a plane and discovered what was to become their life’s work.  They came home with footage of children walking for miles each night to find a safe place to sleep, footage of the Acholi people living in fear of the LRA, and footage of aid workers asking for help.  They also came home with a mission, and shortly thereafter released their footage as a documentary film entitled Invisible Children: Rough Cut.  This film was the genesis of an organization that would commit itself to ending the war in Uganda, restoring the Acholi people, and helping to make the universe of East Africa a safe and thriving place for children to grow up.  That organization is called Invisible Children.

Since that first film, which was released in 2003,  Invisible Children has seen much change in Northern Uganda.  Schools have been rebuilt, peace has been as close as a signature way, children feel safe to sleep in their own homes, laws have been passed in the United States to aid Uganda in the capture of Joseph Kony, and hope seems very much alive.  But the work is not complete.  Joseph Kony and the LRA are still at large.  They continue to terrorize the people of East Africa, with most of their focus on the nation of Congo, and they continue to abduct, abuse, and enslave children, but Invisible Children will not give up.

Since my first encounter with Invisible Children n 2006 my family and youth group have seen, and been a part of, some of the major changes in Uganda.  We have slept in fields for days, we have been to Washington to enlist the help of our government, we have told the story of these children whats seems to be a thousand times, and we have seen our own lives changed for the better.  It is truly amazing what happens when put others before ourselves, when we take care of our neighbor, even if our neighbor is halfway across the globe.  Our involvement has taught me the depths of what the Apostle James calls pure religion:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

There are times when we say to ourselves, “Someone else will take care of that problem” or “That is not my problem,” but what I have learned is that there are those who do not have voices of their own, who cannot speak up and ask for help, who do not have the power or influence to affect change, and therefore it is the job of those of us who have a voice to speak up, to act, to not rest until justice has been found..  The cause of Invisible Children has shown me my voice, my students’ voices, my wife’s voice, and even the voices of my small children.  We will not rest until there is peace and restoration in East Africa, and we pray that you will join us.

For more information, ways to get involved, media resources, or ways to donate to the cause please visit Invisible Children.

 

Back to Joe:

Don’t forget, you can EASILY help Invisible Children make a difference by just clicking on the widget to your left and watching some ads.  Come on.  It is simple.  Then go to the website and find out other ways to help, like Chris said.

Make a difference.  Be the change.

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Conscientiously Objecting to the Culture War

My friend, Bill Moore, wrote quite a thought provoking post about the “Culture War” on his blog.  It really got me thinking.  I think I, too, have stepped back from this war (trying to win our culture for Christ instead of winning people to him).  I started to realize the misplaced priorities.

Jesus called us to love God and love others.  Period.  We were never called to push our morality on people.  We are told to share the Gospel and make disciples.  We can’t do that in the heat of the battle for “the culture.”  I think it was watching a documentary on the “God Hates F**s” church that really made me step back and say, “Wait a minute.  What is going on?”  They are the extreme, but I had to second guess my own self.

The Spirit used to other things to make me rethink my stance on the “war.”  Another documentary called, “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers”…this is a must watch.  It is done by a Christian.  I can’t even explain it.  It is on Netflix.  Go watch it.  Rent it or buy it if you don’t have Netflix.  The guy who did the movie was influenced by the other influence for me, a book called “Blue Like Jazz.”  You really need to give this a read.  You may not agree with all of if, but you need a perspective check…as we all do.

Anway, please check out Bill’s blog post, and read through the comments.  I hope it will challenge you as it did me.

Conscientiously Objecting to the Culture War.

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Posted by on October 15, 2011 in Link to another blog

 

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The Holy Spirit Was Wearing Pink

This morning I came across a blog that really hit home to me.  It was kind of perfect timing.  I have been trying to put words to some prayers for my attitude and how I approach people and situations.  This blog post hit it on the head.

The name of the post is called, “The Opposite of Love Isn’t Hate.”  It really caught my attention, so I gave it a read.  I am so glad I did.  I know that the Spirit totally set this one up, because this story doesn’t end here.  But before I get to the rest of the story, let me finish talking about what I read.

I can sum up the post in one statement from it, Hate is not the opposite of love, fear is.”  I had to get my mind around this.  The more I read, the more this made sense.  The tumblers started to fall into place in my head.  This is so true.  Fear really is the antagonist of love.  Debby went on to explain:

Fear the opposite of love? Yes, yes. That’s it. In my life that is true. It’s not hate but fear. Fear of those different from me. Fear of stepping out in faith. Fear my children will suffer tragedy. Fear those I’ve grown close to will relapse and fear for the day my mom won’t know any of us.

I can so relate to this.  When my son was born, I became even more paranoid about everything,  I can still be two and a half years later.  I found ways to micromanage everything.  I was, and can still be, so afraid of anything happening to him.  I am starting to see that this fear can get in the way of loving him and allowing him to grow and mature.

This fear can show itself in other ways, too.  I grew up moving a lot, so I learned at an early age not to form deep friendships.  This has led to a fear of losing friends or getting my feelings hurt by others that sticks with me even now.  I have a fear of allowing people too close to me.  That fear was overcome a good bit when I met my wife, but it still makes me distant from friends sometimes.

Even more so, this fear can keep me from growing in my relationship to God.  We are called to two commandments, to love God and love others.  When I am afraid of what could happen, I put a wall between myself, God, and others.  I am afraid of letting go and dying to myself.  I am afraid of what people will think.  I am afraid of completely trusting in the acceptance of God that comes through the work of Jesus Christ.  This fear stunts my spiritual growth.

1 John 4 holds the answer to the fear.  Love is the opposite.  Fear can keep us from love, but love can keep us from fear.  Only love breaking through to our hearts and mind can defeat our fear and allow us to love.

John wrote in verses 16-19 (NLT):

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.  God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.  And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.  Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.  We love each otherbecause he loved us first.

“Such love has no fear, because PERFECT love expels all fear.”  This is so awesome.  Because we have been loved perfectly, we do not have to be afraid.  Abiding in this love will allow us to overcome the fear.  We will be able to love!

So…this was on my heart as I drove to work this morning.  I can be a bit ADD with what I listen to (or don’t listen to) in the car.  Lately I have wanted to listen to music, but Christian radio can get repetative so sometimes I just put on a random station.  Today was a light rock station.  A song came on that I have always kind of liked when I have heard it.  It is by Pink.  As the song played, the Spirit brought these ideas back to mind and took them a little further.

Now, as a little disclaimer, I had no idea that I have been only hearing the edited version.  I went to look up the song to write this blog post.  It turns out that the song, which I thought was called “Perfect,” is actually named “F**ing Perfect.”  I had no idea.  I am sorry, if this offends you.  Just know I have only heard the edited version.  Any way, the song still totally spoke to me and the Spirit drove the message home (yes, through this potentially offensive song).

The part that spoke to me was the chorus:

Pretty, pretty please
Don’t you ever, ever feel
Like your less than
Less than perfect
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like your nothing
You are perfect to me

The message that came to mind is that it is my fear of not being accepted by God because of my sins is the overwhelming fear that holds be back from loving Him and loving others.  The thing is, if that I truly believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again, I am accepted by God.  I am free to love.  I am free to serve.  I am free to obey.  I do not have to fear the wrath I know I deserve.  Through Jesus, in terms of the eternal consequences of sin, I am perfect in the eyes of the Father.  The passage from 1 John says, “So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.”  This sentence leads directly into the statement that “perfect love drives out fear.”  Our acceptance is the love that shines like a light on our fear and makes it run away like darkness!

How awesome is this!  We are perfect in his eyes.  This perfect love is the antithesis of fear.  We can live love because he loves us!  Halellujah, what a Savior?

Do you see how fear keeps us from loving?  How can the perfect love of Jesus change you and allow you to love without fear?

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If I Could Be a Superhero…

Last night, we caught a story on Inside Edition, or one of those types of shows, and I almost couldn’t believe it.  A guy who dresses up like a superhero and actually fights crime was arrested for spraying pepper spray at people while trying to break up a fight.  I am not kidding.  This is real.  I am serious.  Check out this story if you don’t believe me.

So it turns out there is a growing community of people that do this.  They fight crime as superheros.  There are “heros” and groups popping up all over the country.  They even have a website to help you keep up with them: Real Life Superheros.

Part of me think this is awesome.  Part of me thinks this is sad.  Part of me doesn’t know what to think.  And the last part of me is glad I did not know about this about ten years ago.  I think my roommate and I would have talked each other into forming a crime fighting duo.  I am barely kidding.  We were good at talking each other into stupid ideas.

I think these people are sincere.  I think they want to help.  I think they want to do good.  However, I also think they may be a bit delusional.  I think they are probably living out childhood fantasies.  I think they may just be trying to prove something to themselves.  And I do fear that one of them may get badly hurt or even killed while doing this.

Despite what I think, though, they are out there doing it.  They are dressing up, fighting crime, and, believe it or not, they are making a difference.  From what I read, some of these guys are really changing the areas that they “work in.”  They are helping people and reaching out to those less fortunate.  This is kind of cool.  It really is.

So, Mr. OneCupofJoe, what is the spiritual lesson?  I know you have one.

You are right, I do.  It is simple.  I need to be a superhero.  I do.

No, I don’t mean dressing up and fighting crime.  I am not making a rubberized suit and attaching gadgets to it.  I am not practicing marshal arts.  What I mean is that I need to get out there and make a difference.  I need to be fearless.  I need to fight for those less fortunate.

Throughout the Bible it is clear that God wants us to take up the cause of the poor, orphans, widows, and prisoners.  I do not do this enough.  I do not get out there and find ways to help.  I do not do enough for the sake of those who need justice.

The Spirit is working on me with this.  I am starting to see opportunities.  I am starting to feel conviction about how I spend my money and time.  I am seeing areas around me that I can step in.  I am seeing causes I can champion and work to make things “right” for people that are overlooked.  It is slow, but my heart is changing.

I may never chase bad guys through alleys, but I can get out there and fight.

What about you?  Do you want to be a “superhero” for the sake of those less fortunate?

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