I've recommended Milton's blog to you before. His writing regularly takes my breath away with its profound insight and lyrical beauty. His post today was about perspective and focus. Here is an excerpt, but please take the time to go read the entire post:
How do we make sense and meaning out of our lives when most of the world is poorer, sicker, hungrier, and more frightened than we are? How do we focus on our families and the relationships that sustain us and find time and love to share with people in Iran and Indonesia? How do we invest ourselves in our local churches to do what it takes for us to become who God is calling us to be and find time and energy to generate hope and change in places like Darfur? How do we fight the good fights that need to be fought on our local levels to make sure our towns and cities are caring for our citizens and find energy and determination to bang our heads against the brick wall that is our national government to hold them accountable for their lack of coherent leadership? How do we save the whales, save the rainforest, stop human trafficking, feed the hungry, house the homeless, wage peace, demand equality, struggle with our own biases, cook dinner, get the kids to soccer practice, pay the bills, love our significant others, meet new people, care for our friends, take care of our bodies, get enough sleep, stay informed, have some fun, do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God?
How can both near and far stay in focus?
I think maybe this is what I was talking about yesterday. Perhaps that is the very lesson that I am trying to learn right now...keeping both near and far in focus. Milton quotes a line from a movie as a response to the question he posed above about finding balance in our focus; "You meet the needs in front of your face."
The needs in front of my face....hmmm....what are the needs in front of my face right now? Perhaps I should also ask myself to which needs do I close my eyes if they accidentally end up in my line of vision? Do I pick and choose the needs around me that give me the biggest emotional bang for my buck? Is one need more "worthy" then another, if God has put them both in front of my face during this season of my life? How do I figure out when I am following my own agenda and when I am being obedient to the plan God has for my life today? How do I choose to spend the precious minutes that I have been given in a way that is meaningful...in a way that matters?