I’m afraid that we look at the current trials of our day and deem them Too Big To Change. When something is too big to change then we are also too insignificant to do anything. I’m hopeful that we will find courage equal to that of Frederick Douglass, John Rankin, Ida B. Wells, John Doar, and Charles Young. These are people who lived in difficult times but worked diligently for a better future. I’m hopeful we will not remain stuck in our steps helplessly watching the inevitable future unfold but get our hands dirty in shaping the outcome.
Societies have been changed throughout history by the clashing of ideas. During the infancy of our country John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe constantly clashed about the direction of the country. The Civil Rights movement was full of a flurry of ideas from SNCC, SCLC, NAACP, MLK, Malcolm X and many more. Time and time again there have been a diversity of ideas that sharpen each other and shape the future.
The world continues to spin like fresh clay on the turntable. It will be shaped by pressure being applied from all sides. If no pressure is applied, then it will unravel into chaos. This moment in our world and our country isn’t too big for us to change. It simply needs hands of faith, grit, and endurance to press against what is, in order to shape what can be. What does it mean for you to put your hands to work?