Have you ever heard a question that caught you off guard? Really made you pause?
A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month. The first question: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler? Question 2: Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism? The third question: When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response?
I didn’t mind the first two questions. They were hypothetical. I’d like to think I would have taken a stand against Hitler and fought against racism. But those days are gone, and those choices were not mine. But the third question has kept me awake at night.
I do live today; so do you. And we are given a choice…an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope?
That’s one of the reasons I wanted to come out to talk to Tavis recently. Tavis is someone who believes we can all make a difference — whether you are a talk show host or a stay-at-home mom. And my message of outliving your life is a conversation I want to have with as many people as possible.
None of us can help everyone, but all of us can help someone.
Max Lucado is a renowned preacher, award-winning Christian writer and minister at San Antonio’s Oak Hills Church. His latest text is Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference.