Our theme for this month: “Character and Integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Mankind, he has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
One day last week I had the privilege of speaking to the “Crossville Breakfast Rotary Club”. They invited me to speak to them about the El Arca Children’s Home in the Amazon Jungle of Peru.
El Arca is located in a remote location of the southern Amazon basin of Peru, near the Bolivian border. It is 110 acres of jungle land and there are few modern conveniences. A couple of years ago some Rotary Clubs in Canada donated money to purchase a basic solar power system for the home so they would at least have enough power to run a refrigerator and freezer 24/7. Reliable refrigeration has improved the quality of life at the home exponentially. The Crossville Rotary Club is now considering a proposal to help complete the system in order to more fully meet all of their electricity needs.
One thing that struck me about the Rotary Club, and something that many people don’t know about them, is how committed they are to making a meaningful difference in the world through acts of humanitarian aid, kindness, and consistently maintaining high ethical standards. This commitment is expressed nicely in their mission statement which reads:
“Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
That mission statement reminds me of the mission statement given to God’s people through the Old Testament prophet Micah: “Act justly, love faithfulness, walk humbly with your God.” That commission is expressed numerous times in many different ways throughout both the Old and New Testaments but the meaning is always the same: “Go into the world and make a difference for good, blessing people in the name of Jesus.” That’s it. Just go and bless people. Go out into this broken and bleeding world and bless people with acts of kindness, compassion, justice, and love.
Do you think the world is messed up? Do you think things need to change? Then go be the change you want to see in the world.