- Spend time with people going through different struggles than the ones you’re going through. I firmly believe in the value of everyone’s struggles (which is another blog for another time) but I also firmly believe in the power of perspective. When you spend time with people who are going through the same thing you are, it’s easy to make your common issues seem very large. When you spend time with people who are confronting different problems than the ones you’re confronting, your problems begin to feel far less significant. Instead of getting bogged down in whatever you are going through, you will become aware of the needs of other people.
- Pray against apathy. There is a line in Hillsong United’s song Hosanna that says, “Break my heart for what breaks yours.” Do we ever truly mean that when we sing it? A broken heart hurts! But is there a better way to wake up than to allow God to break your heart for those things that break his heart?
- Look for ways to be less self-seeking. Our society focuses heavily on individualism, so thinking of others above ourselves takes a conscious effort. That being said selflessness can manifest itself in very small, loving actions. Empty the dishwasher for your mom, let someone go ahead of you in line, write a letter to a faraway family member, smile at friends and strangers alike. The options are endless, but the key is action.
What are some of your creative solutions?