that's not fair
April 13, 2018

What Can I Do?

By: Richard Lawton [Adelaide, South Australia]

How would our world be different if there were truly justice and equality for every person?

We can’t snap our fingers and make that happen, although many people have tried. Does that mean we are helpless? No way!

I once heard the story of a man walking along a beach where thousands of starfish were stranded. He starts picking them up one by one and throwing them into the water.

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
James 2:15–16 (NIV)


His friend says, “Why are you doing that?”

“I’m saving their lives.”

“But there are thousands! What difference can you make?”

Throwing another into the water, he says, “I can make a difference for that one.”

What difference can I make? I can befriend someone who is bullied, tutor a refugee in English, give my seat to an elderly person on the bus, or make life easier for my parents. My actions may not make the world completely fair, but they make a difference to those people.


MAKE A DIFFERENCE: We each have a circle of influence: family, friends, school and work colleagues. As we try to make this world more just, we may inspire those around us. When we throw a stone into the water, the ripples get wider and wider. If we begin to treat others as Jesus did, who knows how far our influence might reach.


Journal

Where do you see the mistreatment of those around you? Where do you see inequality?
What actions can you take? How will you stand up for those who are treated unequally?

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