You Were Born to Make a Difference
Questioning faith doesn’t mean you can’t seek a life that matters
We often associate a lack of faith with a lack of effort in making a difference in the world around us. We don’t believe, or struggle with doubt that there is a God or that believing matters, then use that doubt to back away from making choices that define us a person no matter what we believe.
You can doubt the existence of God but still seek a life that matters. You can question your ability to believe, yet still live a moral life that makes a difference to others, and leaves the world around you a little better when you are gone.
Doubt means questioning your personal faith. Do I know God is there, or do I ask where is He, then live my life in a constant search for meaning and definition?
Doubt is also questioning if there is more to life beyond this life; but doubt can mean you are not convinced there is anything more than a short life and an ultimate, permanent death mattering to no one.
The issue so many wrestle with is that if you question faith, then you question the need to live a life that matters. Without faith, where is the need to lead a moral and ethical life?
One of the foundations of faith is service, defined as your willingness to change the world around you through your actions. If we have faith, we often define that belief through our love for others around us. We believe, then we seek to help those who can benefit from our help based upon our personal, internally driven moral code.
Questioning your faith does not mean you can’t change the world around you each day through your personal belief. One who seeks because he or she wants more from themselves, although still questioning the concept of God and faith, does not have to question dedicating their life to doing the right things.
Anyone who tells you he never questioned whether there is God, a life beyond today, and the concept of a life spent serving others is lying, to you and definitely to himself.
But what makes a seeker unique is he or she is looking for the answers to improve their own life through faith. It doesn’t matter if you find your answer today, or ever, it only matters you seek a life of meaning, one that contributes to those around you in your little slice of heaven on earth, and a life lived at higher standard than others because you believe becoming a better person is worth this search.
What does make a good person these days? In a world of changing cultural norms, a world where “hate” is the word of the day, and where people trying to help others become the best they can be is looked down upon as behavior restricted to losers who resemble those do-gooder church people laughed at back when you were a teenager; defining a personal standard of living is difficult.
What we forget in our search is the power of personal touch. We forget one person, dedicated to nothing more than being one who gives a damn and is willing to care a little more than others, can change the world around him each day.
Changing the world around you is not defined as, or limited to, donating a million dollars to a charity or solving world hunger.
Changing the world around you is purposeful action each day to leave things a little better than you found them, which is an expression of faith for anyone who still lives in doubt, which is most of the human race
1. Your phone off and a few hours with your family changed their world
2. A smile and patience at the coffee shop, and using the server’s name, saved a bad day for someone usually neglected and treated badly
3. That dollar you gave the street guy who really needed it might have kept him going another day and gave him faith
4. You spend five minutes talking your kid through a failure he feels is going to destroy his life and you become his role model for life. Twenty years from now he will say thank you and quote back your exact words
5. Volunteering a few hours per month to read to someone who needs help means little to you but might change a life forever
6. Your spouse is crying, stressed and overloaded from too much kid for too many hours. You take the kids for a drive, leave her a bottle of wine and a glass, and you made her the happiest woman on earth for an hour
7. Five dollars a month to the food bank doesn’t faze you, but someone ate for a few days because you cared
8. Taking a phone call from a friend late at night and just listening was lost sleep but you might have been the one who cared enough to give him faith that he matters to someone
9. Calling your parents more often is an inconvenience, but would it make a difference?
10. Taking a struggling friend at work out for coffee and offering advice might help her keep her job and cost you a small investment of time and money
All of these are acts of faith for a person who can still have doubts about God, yet who chases a life of meaning
Singly, this is a short list of random acts of kindness we ignore, but combined each day, along with one hundred other opportunities that exist in all of our lives, you can change the world around you through the power of your personal touch.
Doubting is life. Seeking is the path we are all on because we want to know more, understand more, and believe that who we are, and what we do, matters to the universe
But what are you seeking? We want a life that matters and makes a difference, yet do we refuse to be the best people we can be without that confirmation of faith?
You have the power to change the world through your daily actions, and is there anything that defines faith more than one person trying to do the right thing every day?