Seeds

A lot has been said about saving, taking care and keeping a healthy environment. Yes, everybody is talking about the planet and how important it is that this generation learns how to preserve the place that other people will inhabit.

Without taking that for granted, cause I really understand the importance of doing this, I´d rather think about what else are we keeping and saving for the next generation? Is that it? It´s just about a healthy planet?

What kind of legacy are you leaving? What are you going to be reminded for? What have you done today so that the next generation can enjoy it? What have you been building?

I´m not expecting that you have the answers to all these questions. I personally don´t! But I do hope that you think about them. What are you sowing?

A little piece of the song that inspired me to think about that…..it´s called Seeds, by Brooke Fraser.

“Child
What will you live to do?
What have I left for you?
What will we leave behind?”

 

 

 

Move

Do you remember what you´ve eaten today? And yesterday?

In Brazil, 14 million people can´t say the same, because they´re regurlary hungry.

Do you have any idea of how this can damage a child´s future?

Because of that, the brazilian NGO “Amor é um movimento” has planned an action to take place this week in three of the main cities of the country. The action is pretty simple: on september 30, volunteers will be strategically placed over the city asking people to give their lunch money away so that they can feel, for one day, how these people live everyday. This is also an opportunity to call people´s attention to the hunger problem in the country.

All the money raised during the action will be donated to Actionaid, an organization that works at over 40 countries fighting against poverty for 38 years. Actionaid develops works in partnership with local communities and organizations, to bring alternatives and garantee the access to basic rights, such as food and education, to these people.

Maybe you cannot join the action that will take place here in Brazil. Probably you don´t live near. But you can do that in your part of the world. Maybe you won´t be able to gather as many people as a NGO would do. But still, you can do something. You can talk to people, you can donate, you can use your talent, your habilities and your creativity to change something in your part of the world.

We´ve shown you one possibility, we´ve shared once action. You´ve heard the problem.

Would you dare to do something about it?

Love is a movement…….

Big things with small deeds

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin” (Zech. 4:10 NLT).

Begin. Just begin! What seems small to you might be huge to someone else. Just ask Bohn Fawkes. During World War II, he piloted a B-17. On one mission he sustained flak from Nazi antiaircraft guns. Even though his gas tanks were hit, the plane did not explode, and Fawkes was able to land the plane.

On the morning following the raid, Fawkes asked his crew chief for the German shell. He wanted to keep a souvenir of his incredible good fortune. The crew chief explained that not just one but eleven shells had been found in the gas tanks, none of which had exploded.

Technicians opened the missiles and found them void of explosive charge. They were clean and harmless and with one exception, empty. The exception contained a carefully rolled piece of paper. On it a message had been scrawled in the Czech language. Translated, the note read: “This is all we can do for you now.”

A courageous assembly-line worker was disarming bombs and scribbled the note. He couldn’t end the war, but he could save one plane. He couldn’t do everything, but he could do something. So he did it.

God does big things with small deeds.

Small deeds can change the world. Sow the mustard seed. Bury the leaven lump. Make the call. Write the check. Organize the committee.

Moses had a staff.
David had a sling.
Samson had a jawbone.
Rahab had a string.
Aaron had a rod.
Dorcas had a needle.
All were used by God.
What do you have?

(Max Lucado)

Life is fragile

We’re reminded that life is fragile today. We’re reminded the power of choice, the choices of others and certainly our own. We hold the power to choose love and grace and kindness, and we hold the power to choose hate and terror and murder as well. We saw this in Norway, in the unthinkable tragedy there. Our hearts are more than heavy for the people of Norway and our prayers are for the loved ones of the many killed. We are sorry beyond words and we stand with you today. And we say the lives mattered. Your friend. Your sister. Your neighbor. Your son. Their life mattered. Their story mattered. 

And then with the news of the death of Amy Winehouse, we pause to say and remember that Amy was a person. She was more than a voice, more than a star, more than an addict. She was somebody’s daughter, somebody’s friend. Our hearts are heavy for her loved ones today.

Amy’s death reminds us that addiction is real, that it has stolen the lives of thousands and hurt millions more. Families all across this planet, literally thousands of them, know the weight and struggle of this difficult and confusing disease. If you know someone that is struggling, please talk to them. Encourage them to seek help. To quote my friend Aaron Moore, “We have to balance compassion and honesty.” Compassion means you tell them you love them. Honesty means you tell them the truth, even when it’s uncomfortable.

Over the last five and a half years, we’ve learned that recovery is possible, that lives do change for the best, that sobriety is possible. We have learned the power of counseling and treatment and, though it may sound simple, we’ve learned the power of friendship as well. We all need a support system. We all need other people.

Divided by oceans and borders today, we say that we are one, in all of this together. We are people mourning and people with questions and people in need. We pause to remember lives lost today, the ones in the news and the ones that go much quieter. We mourn the stories that ended too soon and we choose to fight for the ones still going.

Jamie Tworkowski – founder of TWLOHA

 

A revolution of love

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“The world is a place made up of places.. and every place has a history.. and every place’s history is reflected in what becomes it’s culture.. and culture itself is defined through its people.. and the people; well, they are the future… and the future is now..

So then at this moment in history, we are the people in the places.. and we are the ones defining cultures.. and we are the ones creating history.. and so the question must be asked…. If we are the future; how’s it gonna look..??

I don’t know about you.. but if our generation is remembered for ipods, myspace, and youtube we missed it.. if history speaks of our generation as self indulgent pioneers of the digital age, reality television and purpose built celebrity we’ll have failed.. the world will change by itself.. for better or for worse.. it changes daily.. but who will be the ones to shape it.. and how will it look?

In and of itself revolution is neither good or bad.. revolution represents change.. a shift in culture.. History is marked by revolutions.. social and political.. some have represented victory, freedom and justice, however on the flip-side.. too many have become infamous representations of despair, oppression and injustice.. all it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.. for the church – the hands and feet of Jesus and His plan for the salvation of this big, broken sphere of dirt, water and life we temporarily call home, this has never sounded with more urgency.. it’s time for a revolution.. fuelled by a dissatisfaction with self-centred living and complacent faith.. driven by a desire for truth, love and justice..

Every generation needs a revolution.. and this one needs to look, sound, walk and breathe like love..

It’s not a new concept.. it’s an eternal concept.. it’s the reason we are alive.. it’s the fundemental call of what it means to be a follower of Christ..

Love God.. love people.. that’s it.. that’s the revolution.. revolutionary I know.. but if we understand what that means.. if we get it.. if we establish in our thinking how that looks.. and we start living it.. we will change the world.. it’s not so much about the big stuff.. it’s just about the stuff.. it’s about the people in the places being the answer – in the places.. and together; becoming the answer to the big stuff.. it’s about your backyard.. it’s about my backyard..

The world has watered love down to slogans and t-shirts.. lollipop pop songs and popcorn munching excursions in visual indulgence… all of which are fine.. but we throw the word around.. we confuse it’s definition.. we diminish our understanding of God’s command.. love is the quintessential human emotion.. it is the desire of every human being to experience, and in turn express love.. and God himself IS love.. and he desires to be loved.. and who are the carriers of His spirit..?? it’s us…

So that’s the call.. that’s the mission.. that’s what this is all about..

A generation expressing their worship; moreso expressing their heart for worship in the action of love.. toward God.. and toward the world we live in.. and the people who inhabit it.. it’s not about highlighting the darkness.. it’s about becoming the light that diminishes the darkness.. it’s the gospel.. and it is now..
We’re all in this together..” – written by Joel Houston