Feb24WedFebruary 24, 2021
We can do better! We must do better!
I woke in the middle of the night! My heart was heavy … I could not sleep! So, I put the tea kettle on and I decided to catch up on my reading.
As a person of faith, I find comfort in reading the Psalms and Proverbs – but even there I read of oppression, plagues, abuse, the burden of suffering due to poor choices, and the enemy pursuing his victim and overcoming him. The folly of one’s ways.
When I read, I am challenged … provoked to be better … to do more … to feel deeply about the hurts and pains of this world.
Are you challenged when you read these accounts? Or do you just shake your head and criticize the offenders.
Is there anything that incites you and fuels your passion to do more, to be better yourself?
I will continue to read. I hear the words of my father in my head, “There is no retirement when there is so much more work to be done and lives to be touched.” My father passed away at 87 years of age, having just returned from a Missions trip to Eastern Europe, and with a new study guide on his dining room table for a course, he was going to begin to teach the following week with 150 students.
The faith community has been once again shocked to read of the abuse and hidden failures of a well-respected leader. The Board of RZIM wrote an open letter having discovered the truth of the abuse from the investigation.
Barrie Doyle, our lead instructor for our Crisis Response and Management Course, shared his thoughts regarding the open letter, in our last blog post, There are apologies and there are apologies! I do agree with Barrie that the letter is very well written however I only wish that the names of the Board members were included with the letter. Should we not take ownership for our actions and shortcomings and acknowledge where we missed the mark?
Here are my key take-aways from my midnight reading:
As for me, I will continue to read. I hear the words of my father in my head, “There is no retirement when there is so much more work to be done and lives to be touched.”
We CAN do better! We MUST do better!