Ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? Tired of feeling like just another pair of legs running on the hamster wheel of life? Do you find yourself constantly repeating the same old patterns and behaviours, yet are still stuck with a deep longing that ‘there must be more to life than this?’
With all that’s going on around the world and the current tumultuous state it’s in, there’s evidently a battle taking place. It’s not an easy battle, it’s an intense war. A battle of light versus darkness. Evidence of this is projected daily on our TV screens and in movies, in our newspapers articles and on updates in our daily Twitter feed. We are also bombarded with entertainment to distract us and keep us occupied.
According to this article from the Guiness World Records, the Bible is the world’s best selling and most widely distributed book of all time.
‘A survey by the Bible Society concluded that around 2.5 billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion.’
This article from The Guardian in 2012 lists the top 100 best selling books of all time.
|1||Da Vinci Code,The||Brown, Dan||5,094,805||Transworld||Crime, Thriller & Adventure|
|2||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||Rowling, J.K.||4,475,152||Bloomsbury||Children’s Fiction|
|3||Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||Rowling, J.K.||4,200,654||Bloomsbury||Children’s Fiction|
|4||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Rowling, J.K.||4,179,479||Bloomsbury||Children’s Fiction|
|5||Fifty Shades of Grey||James, E. L.||3,758,936||Random House||Romance & Sagas|
|6||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Rowling, J.K.||3,583,215||Bloomsbury||Children’s Fiction|
|7||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Rowling, J.K.||3,484,047||Bloomsbury||Children’s Fiction|
|8||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Rowling, J.K.||3,377,906||Bloomsbury||Children’s Fiction|
|9||Angels and Demons||Brown, Dan||3,193,946||Transworld||Crime, Thriller & Adventure|
|10||Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince:Children’s Edition||Rowling, J.K.||2,950,264||Bloomsbury||Children’s Fiction|
There’s no surprise that all these books contain themes of good versus evil. Of innocence versus corruption. They all have elements of a supernatural realm. Do you consider this a coincidence or merely a reflection of what’s really going on in this Earth?
More people than ever are searching for a deeper purpose. A meaning to their life, to quench the human hunger of a desire to love and be loved. You only have to look around to see the pain in people’s eyes. Take a moment to consider what’s really hidden on the inside.
When a problem is out of sight, it’s most often out of mind. In order to make a difference, you need to pick something which resonates deeply with you. If you feel the strong emotions linked to the injustice or pain or lack of opportunity, you will gain boldness. You won’t be able to plead ignorance, but will be constantly reminded of the need to serve. Instead, when you take action to uplift others, you will experience the joy of helping others out of a place of darkness; of taking their hand and offering them a new lease of life.
Your greatest concerns and troubles one day won’t matter any more. All that matters is what you did with your life. Therefore, be relentless in your pursuit of serving, fighting and lifting others up. Don’t leave it too late to fight for something you believe in. Complacency won’t get you anywhere. Find ‘somebody’ to fight for. Somebody you would be willing to die for. That ‘somebody’ can be a cause. A mission. Commit yourself to support and encourage at least one person who’s struggling and hurt.
“If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
This song by The Hurts really strikes a chord with me. “You will never be forgotten, I will be by your side.” “I just need somebody to die for, somebody to cry for. It reminds me of the deep need we all have: to make a difference in this world.
Imagine at the end of your life, you meet a little, innocent, crying girl sat on the floor. She looks so sad and you instantly feel sorry for her. Then you see next to her, a sign with your name on it. Walking closer, you discover that on said sign is a list of what you did with your life. You can see all the activities that you spent your time on.
The little girl gets up and points to the sign and your eye is immediately drawn to the piece of text in bold. It reads;
Total Time Spent watching Television: 79,716 hours (source)
Total Time spent fighting for me: 0 hours
Your heart melts and tears roll down your eyes as you recognise that you didn’t help her. You wish you hadn’t wasted valuable opportunities and should have prioritised what is truly important in this life and in the next. Don’t get too caught up in the distractions and chaos of this short, limited life and pay attention to the soft whispers and sobs of the hurt, the hungry, the desolate and the lost.
Whether for positive or negative, we are all fighting for something. What will you fight for? Will you stand for something , or will you stand for nothing? Life’s too short so make a decision today, before it’s too late.
Don’t be that person who gets to the end of their life, having spent all their time on Facebook, watching TV and the like, and spent little to no time loving people. Doing what you’re truly made for will make your heart truly glad. Have no regrets.