Pieces of the Puzzle

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“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

During my travels, I have seen so much of people’s living conditions in this part of the world — their cultures, their joys, their needs. As a writer, I cannot help but to walk a mile in their shoes with my imagination as they tell me their stories. I now come back in my own quiet moments to put these pieces together. They begin to fit into what I already know, what I’ve read in books and magazines, what the newspapers write about, what scriptures say … and it all forms into this big picture in my mind. I do not have a clear picture yet but I do see myself very much in it. I have come to the conclusion that I have a responsibility to the world, not just to myself. As I take inventory of what I have, what I do, who I am, and who I will be, I realize that I have been given so much more compared to my neighbors. When I spend my money, how much of it is exclusively for myself? When I spend my time, my energy, my resources — my life, how much do I really spend on things that really matter?

It is sobering to think that everyone in this world has 24 hours in a day and, at most, about 75-90 years to live. We all enjoy the same sun and breathe the same air but we have learned to ignore our neighbors who are barely surviving because they are poor, to turn a blind eye to neighbors who are mistreated and trapped in an oppressive system. Instead, some of us who have been given much choose to get lost in our toys and pleasures, becoming foolish in our own understanding of life. For myself, I’ve begun the process of restructuring my own thoughts so that I am living intentionally and meaningfully in the context of truth. And the truth is, I have been entrusted with so many resources while there is a suffering world out there that waits for help — and I only have so much time to do something about it.

2 Responses to “Pieces of the Puzzle”

  1. jenkayo says:

    I was moved by your writing here. So many true points!

  2. mbcohao says:

    It took me a while to phrase my thoughts exactly how I wanted … and I meant every word! :-) I’m glad you appreciated it!

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