Monday, October 21, 2013
From Underdog to Top Dog
It is everywhere.
You see it in families. In churches. In corporations. In government. In schools. In laws.
And anyone who dares to be different within these structures is bound to encounter resistance, ridicule, or resentment.
It takes an uncommon courage to break free. Sometimes it requires drastic measures, and not without conflict.
Think about some of the greatest spiritual leaders who have graced our planet.
They did not follow the crowds. Instead, they led them.
They saw the dysfunction of their times and they challenged it. They were willing to break ranks and shake up the status quo.
I always think of the biblical story of David and Goliath. David, a mere teen and shepherd boy, was sent to the battle lines by his father Jesse to bring back news of his brothers.
Instead of reporting the news, David made the news when he volunteered to fight the giant.
Armed with only a slingshot, a weapon he was skilled at using, and a pouch full of stones, David took down the seemingly invincible Philistine, setting his people free from tyranny.
When everyone else cowered in fear, David ran to the battle. He knew that action needed to be taken, despite the giant's constant criticisms, discouraging insults, and fearful threats.
He went from underdog to top dog in an instant.
When we find ourselves in seemingly impossible situations, we need to remember the unique skills that Spirit has placed in our hands to use. There's a reason why we were blessed with those skills in the first place. Because through them, through you, Spirit works its miracles.
There will be times when we will be called to step out of the crowd.
When you hear this call, as Jennifer James says, "[t]hen you must act. If you never hear it, perhaps nothing is lost. If you hear it and ignore it, your life is lost."
It's your call. What will you do?
It is a proven fact: when we help others, we help ourselves. The world is overwhelmed by oppression of ideas, feelings, and people. Sometimes we become our own oppressors.
Today is the day to speak out for what you believe in. Speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. Break ranks by making the world a freer, more humane place to live.
Examine your core beliefs. Harness their energy to make a difference in your community. Start a club, volunteer, become an activist, and let Spirit take your skills to the next level.
Read the introduction of 31 Days of Spiritual Growth here, and find links to all posts in this series.