September 11, 2001 was a key moment in my life. I was deeply affected by the tragedy.
It sickened me to think that there was evil in the world capable of accomplishing what that group of terrorists accomplished. I decided that week that I didn’t want to be a part of a world where this was possible. I realized that if I could change my corner of the world for the better I was one step closer to changing the larger world. I didn’t want to look back on my life and tell myself that I didn’t do anything to make this a better place to live. How has this been lived out:
a. My wife and I left a comfortable job and community and moved four hours to work in a inner city ministry. She helped feed 50-70 hungry people everyday and I drove poor kids around, worked with the youth, and led Bible studies.
b. I began to see Jesus, and the transformation that he can bring, as the only hope to a radically evil world. I saw that only renovated hearts dependent on Jesus could bring solutions to Earthly problems.
c. Discipleship to Jesus became a life direction for me. Also, teaching others how to be more Christlike became a mission of mine. I came to believe that pew sitters and talk show blowhards were not going to change the world. The method to change the world was the same method that has worked for 2,000 years – small groups of dedicated followers of Christ abandoning themselves to the guidance and direction of Christ.
If you are reading this, then you are witness to some of my efforts to be an agent of change. I could probably tell you now, that if it was not for 9/11, then I may not have ever started this blog.
How has 9/11 changed you?