Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What If?

Not long ago, a spiritual mentor of mine wrote about how the most powerful question in the world is a tiny one:

What if?

He challenged us to take a minute and let your mind go wild. Write a few.

What if we lived like these powerful quotes below- literally? Literally sharing my bread with the hungry, bringing the homeless into my house, covering the naken with things from my closet?

Let it be, for the sake of your kingdom.

May we, by the power of your Spirit, truly fast as you desire: loosing the bonds of injustice, letting the oppressed go free, and breaking every yoke; sharing our bread with the hungry, bringing the homeless poor into our houses; covering the naked and satisfying the needs of the afflicted. Let it be, for the sake of your kingdom. Amen.

-Isaiah 58.

The man who sweats under his mask, whose role makes him itch with discomfort, who hates the division in himself, is already beginning to be free. But God help him if all he wants is the mask the other man is wearing, just because the other one does not seem to be sweating or itching. Maybe he is no longer human enough to itch.
— Thomas Merton

It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
-Robert Kennedy

Do it. Right now. Me too.


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