We just got done watching the movie Blood Diamond. We've been wanting to watch it for a long time now, but always before when we went to the local video store, it was either out (only one copy after all) or we just weren't in the mood for a 'heavy' film. Wow. So glad we got around to watching it.
It's one of those movies that really inspires. There have been several movies like that...where I stay up all night after I watch them just thinking, writing, wondering what I can do. What movies were those you ask? Amistad, The Hurricane, The Mission, Hotel Rwanda to name a few. There aren't many really...those are the only ones I can think of at this moment...and may be really all there is. And now, Blood Diamond.
If you haven't seen it, do. It's so ironic though. I get all inspired and motivated to do something when I see movies like that. But, it also glaringly spits out the truth...I am selfish. I mean, I get all pissy when I don't have electricity for a couple of hours for crying out loud. Really. Just selfish. More selfish than I used to be. I remember a time when I was more selfless...before I got married and had children and moved to another country. As my 'rights' just get 'taken away' from me by sheer circumstance, am I gripping and grabbing at whatever rights I do have left? Electricity for one...running water, shelter, peaceful living, the ability to go shopping if need be, and even the ability to watch a rented movie on my cushy couch?
Those things are nice. Those things are not of the devil. But, the selfishness that grips and grabs at those things...that is of our biggest enemy, the devil. It's tricky sometimes to live in this world but not be of the world, isn't it? It's an interesting balancing act to live a 'normal' life...whatever that 'normal' is for you...and still not get caught up in what you think that 'normal' life should look like. God might have a very different idea of what your 'normal' life should look like...He usually does actually. Oh God, give us a Kingdom perspective!! PLEASE!!
I am not a journalist who goes to war-torn countries seeking truth. I am not a fisherman ripped from his family, doing everything he can to get them back. I am not a courageous, but jaded soldier, fighting bravely for all things, good and bad.
I am a mother of 4 little ones, a wife to one strong man of God, and someone who REALLY wants to do all the great things God has planned for her...really making a difference. Many of you feel the same way. We may not be in battle literally, with guns and grenades in hand, but we can all do something to truly help others. And I'm talking about helping others LIVE!!
Please...I beg you to go here and read this. This is one great solution for all of us 'normal' people. You can do this.
It is actually Easter morning as I type this, I just realized. Jesus gave His life so that we might live. Please...give just a little of yourselves today so that others, too, might live.