More than ever, humanity has become comfortable with its current condition. Though many people try to make their own lives better, few actually take steps towards making the world a better place for others.
We’re okay with children starving in other countries as long as we don’t have to think about it. Sure, there are places where people have to walk 3 hours to get clean water, but that’s not me, so why does it matter?
We’re fine with sitting in our clean homes, sipping our perfectly brewed coffee, endlessly searching for entertainment, and doing our best to live a perfect, comfortable life while there are millions of people in the world who are just trying to survive one more day.
That’s the society we live in, but we don’t have to be a part of it. There’s a better way to live.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way in his speech, The Drum Major Instinct:
You want to be first? You want to be great? You want to be important? You want to be significant? Well, you ought to be! … Yes, don't give up this instinct! It's a good instinct if you use it right. … Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be first in love. I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity … If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness.
LOVE—it takes someone else’s problem and makes it your own. It’s no longer some distant place where some unknown person needs some insignificant thing. It’s personal now. Love finds a way to overcome.
But just caring about an issue isn’t enough. Look at the last bit of that speech again, "But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” A servant does something about it. A servant is someone who works. Someone who takes action. Someone who puts the needs of others above themselves.
HELP—it takes our love and does something about it. We’ve been blessed beyond measure. The fact that you can read this means that you can see, and for some people, that in itself would be a miracle. It’s time to use what we’ve been blessed with to bless others.
This is a call to action for everyone. We can all do something to make the world a better place for someone else.