How Disturbed Are You?

busy-doing-nothing-please-don-t-disturb.jpgI am a watcher of people. I love social connections because you get to see and know so many different personalities and peoples. One beautiful thing about this life is how different and diverse humanity is. I am extremely entertained and delighted to watch this all unfold in real life!

One thing I constantly have to remind myself of (as I am watching others and how they are doing life) is that the world is way bigger than my little corner of it. Meaning…I can view how my friend in Africa is helping those with disabilities and it looks nothing like what I do. I deliver a speech at a Senate Committee meeting, or deliver a piece of adaptive equipment to someone in need, and my friend is giving out chickens and goats so they have a constant source of eggs and milk! One isn’t better than the other. We are just living out the reality of our lives in our corners of the world.

However, there is something that is bothering me. It bothers me in life and what I see on social media platforms, it bothers me in the disability community I am a citizen of, and it bothers me in the church among fellow Christians. And so it made me curious enough to pose the question: How disturbed are you really?

I just read a quote by Catherine Booth (co-founder of the Salvation Army) and she said:

“If we are to better the future we must disturb the present.”

There is SO much talk. We are more privy to it because of the easy access to throw out our opinions about everything in 5 seconds through a tweet or post. Lots and lots and lots of words. We have opinions about everything. But, as a watcher of life, I get bewildered by all the talk that is followed by very little personal action.

For example, I read SO many complaints about wheelchair problems or fears about insurance and government assistance, or even politics in general yet there are very few who are writing or calling or even visiting their representatives and making their opinions known to those who truly matter.

I hear members of churches who want growth and young families, and yet they complain or gripe while trying to establish outreach or encourage these same people. I am reminded of the verse to “keep the ox and clean out the crib.” Who gets rid of the cow because of manure? Sometimes, you deal with little things for the greater thing!

I know of individuals who are in a mess and are looking to others to solve their problems, but will do very little themselves. I am reminded of a young man once who wanted help for consistency in his spiritual life. My husband asked him, “Why don’t you just start with reading one chapter a day in your Bible.” The young mad said, “Isn’t there something easier you could tell me to do?”

There are families who are so concerned where their children are spiritually. They worry because they don’t like church, or are living in ways that are grieving their church parents. But…at home, there is not a lot of communication about God, very little personal Bible study either individually or as a family, very little public prayer and praise time, and the idea is to just make them go to church and it will all turn out fine.

I know families who are torn apart and all sides will say they want to see it fixed and restored yet who is actually trying to fix things?

Why is this?

  • Why is it that we are so quick to communicate our opinions yet be so little personally involved?
  • Why are we quick to throw our opinions all over social media, yet do nothing practical about it in the real world – beyond virtual reality?
  • Why do we want all the blessings in our churches without any baggage?
  • Why do we want results with no work?
  • Why do we say we are pro-relationships and then jump out of them so quickly?

I believe the answer is that we truly aren’t disturbed enough. Oh yes, we are annoyed, aggravated, mad, fussy…but not disturbed. Truth is, if you found a giant lump in your head, with intense headaches and blurred vision, would you post how aggravated you were? Would you tweet your frustration with lumps and headaches? I would venture to say that you would be disturbed enough to see a doctor and have tests run!

I think we all have opinions. I think we all have tempers. I think we get hot under the collar when others don’t agree with us. But what I think, is that we care more about being heard than being a help. I think we want to talk and let others do the work. I think we love being the gripers, but few want to be the givers.

I am reminded of verses such as “being doers of the Word and not hearers only…”(James 1:22), or “faith without works is dead…”(James 2:17), or maybe the one where God said He was “near in their mouths but far from their reigns…”(Jeremiah 12:2), or “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16)  You don’t hear the nay-sayers quoting these do you?

I am not trying to be a downer. Actually, I would like to see the future changed with more doers and less talkers. I would like to see the love of Jesus poured out in lives…not on paper. I would like to see the hands and feet of Christ actively working and moving and touching and healing through us! I would like our words and actions to reflect the Christ Who gave everything for us – and not the griping that we do when it might require a sacrifice of my time, or finances or even opinion. This disturbs me. And if I want the future to change, I must disturb the present.

Which leads to asking the question again….”How disturbed are you really?”

Talk is cheap – including this blog. I would rather my life be copied than my words be quoted.

So is there a practical solution to this? I think so and it is much more simple than you think!

A dear friend and coach to me said that there are two questions to ask when you are confronted with something:

1. What can I personally do about it?

Can I change the president? Can I make my voice heard about a law? Am I even willing to be a part of this proposed ministry?

If I am planning to do nothing, then why does my opinion matter?

2. Who do I see as the avenue to help me do something about it?

The answer to this is who you should talk to. Be very careful about this. If someone is not a key to the solution, then I should probably not be talking to them about it. If they are a key to helping solve a problem, then go speak to them!

3. Memorize this verse. It is quoted often in our family! 

And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; (I Thessalonians 4:11)

Since nothing should never be an option, may God help us all to find our place and finish our race!

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “How Disturbed Are You?

  1. I agree with almost all you have said except one horrible thing you never should have said…you mentioned disability community as if they are people who do nothing for themselves and everyone else does it..Ya there is a couple not nearly as many regular people who actually can do and know how..I’m disabled and if you don’t get a big settlement for your accident and your not old with plenty of save SSI behind you well I’m here to tell you life becomes poverty.I have signed up to get new wheel chair unaffordable to my no settlement haveing behind and most are church donations you sign up explaining you situation and they send you help however no one ever answered any if them everyone says oh there is so much help for people in your situation just apply yourself as if I haven’t because nothing I’ve signed up for has worked except small check that doesn’t amount to enuff to rent a house eat and necessities it’s below poverty.mabe 9k a year..So my friends who say this while watching me suffer with finding affordable place while homeless and getting stuck in spots because my chair has no traction so wet grass is a trap.and alot more no one considers I say to them who say so much help I say …oh? We’re how do you know this? Always say I don’t know and then blurb out one thing they heard of that only happens for proven native Americans..I’m native American but have no role number so I don’t get new house on reservation and 25k a week..my friends do in the reservation.but not for a single alone girl with no one but herself born is USA…I’m currently stuck in a nursing home now because a wound won’t heal need surgery and it’s year 4 and all they want is me to leave so make me miserable as possible rite now it’s coldest time of year and my heater controls are behind a locking key.i freeze ..they say I just want to be here in this tiny room with two room mates who never do a thing not even get out of bed and one she decided to be this lazy.I don’t want this and we’re I lived home owner died and tore house down and I have zero places to go and I can’t find any help oh yeah while your here in this nurseing hell your SSI check is stopped after 3 months you get 30 no more 50 a month without family you have to eat there cheep full if horribleness food or starve and the food is what’s wrong with alot older people here. Nutrition is important for my survival I’ve already been hospitalized for nutrition malnurishment.Uc Davis got best food for you that’s were sent me for long time.and this could turn into a book of things you would never realize unless you tried over and over.Im a proud person no one dresses me or does anything for me in my day because I always been that way I even bandage myself after catching life treating infection from treatment nurse and a hospital with several months of antibiotics.So please when complaining about do nothing people remember those who do need help and this do nothing people just point and complain and continue in as that one in wheel chair should have it all like one seen on TV.not all get 4 million settlement I got nothing learned when to late it was calteans left desil on pavement sending me of a cliff backwards going 30 miles per hr on 30mile hour turn I was ejected and layed on river rock dragging myself around 3 days trying to find a way to get we’re I could be heard.because no one heard me or knew we’re I was.And so much more it’s starting to seem hope less haveing any kind of life I have no one several friends who would of helped me sort this out died in freak accidents …almost life itself wants me give up and I don’t know how..so think before you acuse you know nothing of disability community alot of that helplessness when can help self is forced on to old people with baby talk and let me do this and that makeing them weaker..in care homes or careing for people like my room mate who can do it all and doesn’t no one realizes thus because don’t take the time to find out …it’s really discusting…boils down to no one cares unless you have family coming here then they act very different to you like your Soo cared for I promise it’s a show.nurseing home is worste place to put anyone I can’t even save enuff to leave ..I’m stuck unwanted forgotten even hated ..new admits and dischargeing people bring bigger money..you can put rest that together..hope you think a bit before mentioning disable like that again.god bless.wierd I help people more help me but I don’t expect in return

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