Every time an issue like this comes up, people get angry. And many times rightfully so. I love seeing people’s hearts moved. The problem is, it’s usually just their hearts that are moving. Not the rest of their bodies.
It’s easy to post your frustration and anger.
Anger makes us feel like we’re doing something. Our adrenaline is pumping. We’re fired up. But we’re not doing anything except adding noise.
The refugees are trending right now, but a while back #Kony2012 was trending. That’s still going on, by the way. What happened to the hashtags and articles?
Sadly, the refugees will eventually stop trending and these people will be forgotten about and we’ll move on to the next big news story. We’ll find a new subject to be angry about.
I read things that make me upset, but I have to hold my tongue from blasting other people, or the government, for not doing anything about it when I’m sitting at home on my couch letting my thumbs do the work.
I’m tired of listening to people who don’t get their hands dirty. You lose your credibility when all you do is complain. There are people who are vocal about tons of issues, but they come home and watch Netflix every night.
What if we started actually doing something more than sharing information? What if we got our hands dirty?
You want the United States to open its doors? Good. Have you opened your doors?
If you’re not helping the poor right now, you’re not going to all of a sudden start when the refugees get here.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t share your opinions about world issues just because you’re not involved in every single one. All the needs of the world are too great for you to tackle. But when you’re not doing anything about anything, then you aren’t making a difference, no matter how angry you feel.
I can’t do something about everything. But I can do something about something.
I’ve been convicted about this so I talked to my wife. We’ve decided to choose two specific needs to get behind. Not that we won’t ever give money for wells for Guatemala or donate blood at the next drive, but we can’t do something about everything. We need to focus our energy.
I want to move past anger and frustration towards others and get my hands dirty, not just my thumbs.