Friday morning, I got up and went for a walk. I had my iPod. I chose a podcast from the Hillsong Sisterhood. The sun was shining and the air was fresh. It was a beautiful day already. As the podcast continued, I started to hear bits and pieces about the world that I live in that I didn’t like…the speaker was sharing facts from a book – 50 Facts that actually should change the world by Jessica Williams – to illustrate that we are a church that is called to activism in this world.
She started listing facts like
– every cow in the EU is subsidised by $2.50 a day which is more than 75% of African people have to live on
– more than 150 countries use torture
– China has has approximately 44 million missing women
– more than 12000 woman are killed in Russia every year due to domestic violence
– there are approximately 44 million child labourers in India
– 7 million American women suffer from an eating disorder
– 1/3 of the worlds population is at war
– 2 million girls and women are subjected to genital mutilation each year
Do any of these make you angry? Sad? Depressed? Do you feel shocked at the figures? I sure did! I couldn’t believe some of the facts she was listing…but that last one struck a chord with me.
You know that moment when you’re standing on the shoreline at the beach and the waves are rolling in and sometimes, the force of the water is enough to nearly knock you over? Well, the gravity of that last fact was like a wave nearly knocking me over and suddenly I was acutely aware of how truly blessed I am.
Let me say that again…
I am ridiculously blessed.
Have you ever had a moment like that? Something happens – someone says something – and BAM! Everything in your world is suddenly put into perspective and the realisation that you have been gifted an amazing life by the Almighty Creator is just staring you right in the face! This was my moment. It was so powerful, so forceful, that it sent me into tears and audible praise and thanks to the One who placed me where He placed me.
It was a deciding moment for me. I knew that I had been given this life, at this time and in this place to serve God’s people and I had to do something.
Have you ever had a revelation like this? A moment that makes you reevaluate everything and puts what is important into perspective? Maybe it wasn’t as profound as mine or maybe it was even more life-shaking! I encourage you to pay attention to what God is telling you in that experience and take action!