I struggle with church and religion. The self-absorbing nature of this institution often leads its body to be inwardly focused, distracting it from the huge world outside the four walls screaming for our attention. The ongoing discussion on what church is or should be is sounding hollow and self-indulgent to me, when the world around us seems to be spiralling out of control.
Change comes slowly....I believe that it is the small victories made by individuals that ultimately create the tide of change. I have seen little things that I have done connect with others who have been quietly or not so quietly doing the same thing join forces to create major change in areas where it was needed. I have seen some amazing people who quietly go about doing good works without ever being acknowledged...though they have inspired me to do more, care more, pray more, and build my faith.
Not all of us can be movers and shakers...not all of us will receive acknowledgement or appreciation for the times when we have pushed for change when the need was presented. Not everyone will know all the quiet things we may do in our own little world...but we do need to be reminded that they do count...they do make a difference....we do touch people and society in significant ways....take comfort in that.