I used to be selfish. Not in a sense of wanting to do whatever benefited me, but more so in a sense of not considering the lives of others. Not really because I didn’t want to, but rather because I was too caught up in myself to take the time to notice. That all changed one day a few years ago when someone closest to me almost stepped into eternity. Due to the circumstances and cause, it was a major wake up call to me and how I view my friendships as well as those that I may not ever meet personally. It was because of this realization that I changed how I treated people. After all, if you have a greater appreciation for those around you, you’ll treat them differently…in a good way.
It was during this time that I also realized why most of my friends from the past were no longer there. They were gone, and the fault rested in me and my past selfishness. But, this didn’t all just affect me and my personal relationships. It changed how I viewed missions, outreach, and other needs/causes around me on a daily basis. If I was just selfLESS and willing, God could use me to help others:
“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.” – Luke 5:12-13
This all came even more full circle last night as I attended the Stop The Candy Shop event at the Fox Theatre with some friends. Another wake up call. 500 children are sold into slavery via sex trafficking EACH MONTH in Georgia alone. Atlanta is the #1 city for child sex trafficking in the nation and the #10 city in the world. I never even knew this was going on around me. Why didn’t I know before? Once again, I was too caught up in my own world, missing the bigger picture. So, another wake up call. I’m so thankful for Street Grace and Whitestone Motion Pictures for answering the call and campaigning to bring attention to yet another cause that needs recognition. That needs action. I love how God will always send little, subtle reminders as if to say, “Hey, you don’t really get the big picture yet. You haven’t fulfilled your purpose…keep moving forward.”