“We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the world’s been turning; we didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it”
— Billy Joel
There was a time when those lyrics closely resembled the truth. Trying to fight a fire started by previous generations does describe various times in our country, but not these times. Truth is, today is just another during which new fires will start as the ones started yesterday rage. From unbridled abortion to ‘new deals’ being proffered as legitimate ways to live to the denial of the destruction caused by illegal immigration, America is on fire. Not surprisingly, flames from those fires scorch more people, many of them naively and innocently young, every day while less of us stand ready or able to stop it.
It was Abraham Lincoln who said “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” One look around will tell you just how accurate the 16th president of the United States was nearly 160 years ago. For reasons embedded in power, greed and control, society is being bruised and beaten by those who were elected to serve the people of this country. What we’re witnessing is both a shame and a scam.
That said, I find myself wondering more often than ever what or who will calibrate society in ways that bring back honor, decency, respect. I wonder who, besides our Creator, has the power to save a society that repeatedly rejects Him and His principles. Are there enough of us who care enough to stand up to anyone seeking to further drag the country down? Despite all our human flaws, are we willing to be God’s ambassadors by putting others first and re-instilling His goodness into our neighborhoods, towns, states and country? Truth is, we must if America is to flourish as a Godly nation.
I’ll be the first to admit that it doesn’t take much to overload my little brain nor will I deny that I could get a resounding “amen” about that. A large part of what goes on in that brain has to do with how much better Waxahachie, a city I’ve come to love and consider extraordinary, would be if we made a concerted effort to be better in how we live. How would the county, state and country be changed if every community made the same effort? Like turning a ship from danger, every good act — big or small — has the power to put us on a safer, stronger course by which we improve. What if each of us decided enough is enough and did something about it?
What if …
• We put down our phones and genuinely talk to each other?
• What if we made eye contact and listened to each other?
• This week we chose to not utter or post a negative word about anyone or anything?
• We eliminated one bad habit?
• We entrenched ourselves into a church committed to the principles of Christ?
• We volunteered to help a non-profit organization?
• Sent a hand-written letter or card to someone we know needs it?
• We realized for even just a minute that money is, not nor never will it ever be, more important than how we treat others and then lived accordingly?
• We chose to be quiet instead of saying something unnecessary?
• We chose to speak boldly about something with which we disagreed, and thought was wrong?
• We took the initiative to right a wrong and repair a relationship?
The list of what we can do to strengthen society is long, the impact of what’s on the list is great and I’m certain the collective will to try exists. It’s not complicated nor difficult. It simply takes commitment.
A commitment each of us should have.