Tensions are high in our country right now. Whether it is the stresses of the COVID crisis or the reckoning of racial injustice in our country, people are divided – and seeing so many problems come to a head at once can feel overwhelming. But rather than sitting back and feeling like there is nothing you can do, you can be part of the solution.
Danielle Bean, brand manager at CatholicMom.com, stopped by Morning Air® recently to talk about how we can find the confidence to not just complain about problems in our world, but be part of the solution.
“I feel like this is all the devil’s handiwork,” Danielle said. “He loves nothing more than the kind of disunity that we’re seeing right now. When we should be asking ourselves, ‘With the gifts that God has given me, how can I be a part of the solution?'”
Often we stay silent and don’t work toward unity because we are worried about upsetting other people. But Danielle suggested that taking time to reflect on our motivations and discern the Lord’s will for our life can bring us a great deal of confidence in being a part of the solution.
“You need to pause every once in a while and say, ‘What is my motivation? Who am I trying to please here?'” she said. “Because all too often it’s easy to slip into trying to please the culture, trying to please popular opinion, when the only opinion that matters is God’s opinion. So if we’re focused on pleasing God in all things, that’s a great boost to our confidence. We can set forward in whatever path we’re choosing, knowing that it’s the right one if we’re aligning our will with God’s.”
Another reason we can be tempted into complacency is because the problems seem too large. You feel like anything you do isn’t going to make a difference, so why bother? But Danielle pointed out that we have an impact on the lives around us every day. And if we all start there that can make a world of difference.
She said, “Looking for ways that you can be a solution, not necessarily on the global level because many of us feel powerless in the face of that, but how about in your neighborhood? How about in your family? How about within your own marriage? How can you be building relationships, encouraging, supporting, and loving one another in the way that God intended? I think we need to be confident about doing that. And that’s really where all confidence comes from, is in aligning our will with God’s.”
Listen to the full conversation with Danielle Bean below: