Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Day Seven Reflection: Perseverance by TATUM TEEVANS

The past week I've left class feeling very sad and discouraged. I feel like my mind has been soaking up so much information, but I have yet to respond. A heavy burden has formed on my shoulder and I don't feel it leaving anytime soon. All the statistics, photos, videos, and accounts of the turmoil in our world have left me unable to sleep. I read about all these different organizations that are passionately trying to make an impact and change the world of poverty. Even after viewing the results, I still become discouraged knowing how much more still needs to be done.

As I watched the movie Amazing Grace today, I felt encouraged. Seeing William Wilberforce take on the entire political world of Great Britain gave me a hope. Someone examining the slave trade would never have guessed a man could basically single handedly abolish it. Wilberforce did just that. But he didn't accomplish it through the means of one giant campaign or an incredibly moving speech. He accomplished it by perseverance. Romans 5:3-5 says, "..we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, HOPE. And hope does not disappoint.." This may have been taken somewhat out of context, but I believe it mirrors Wilberforce's efforts exactly. He persevered 30 years to get the abolition of slave trade act approved. And not always, but a lot of the time Wilberforce saw a continual progress for his cause growing. Finally, he succeeded.

I view the AIDS crisis in the same way. I ask myself all the time if I can really make a difference. Sure I can sponsor a child and save his life, but am I making that big of an impact? I'm not trying to degrade sponsoring children in any way, but honestly, is that going to "save Africa"? I have no idea what the perfect answer is to respond with when asked how to battle AIDS. I do know that you and me can do something about it. We simply need to stick with our efforts. I know it can get aggravating after working so hard, and seeing little results. We need to realize it's in that little result that big results will come. A quote from the movie The Power of One should be an encouragement to us all: "A waterfall begins with only one drop." The only way to rid the world of this crisis is by having the perseverance and passion to change the world one life at a time.


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