Look around you.  Doesn’t it seem our world is just falling to pieces?  The war, the famine, the hatred, the insecurity, the stress, the disease, the depression.  It’s all beginning to rule us.  Nothing is black and white anymore; everything has becoming intensely complicated.  And sadly, so much is out of our control.  There’s nothing we can do; it’s completely out of our hands.

That’s why I love the song “Hands” by Jewel.  It’s a reminder that, one person at a time, we can change the world.  We can make it a better place.  How?  By doing what we can.  By stepping up to the plate in those few circumstances where we still exhibit control. 

The world is, as they say, going to ‘hell in a handbasket’.  And it’s our fault.  Humanity has screwed up.  Big time.  But if we band together, we can accomplish so much.  There are ‘a few good men’ still left over.  Civilization depends on those who consider themselves in that group to rise up and take a stand. 

We need to join hands and work side by side.  Ignoring our differences and preferances, we must make sacrifices for others.  Cast off this selfish, prideful attitude of “it’s all about me” and pay attention to those around us.

My favorite line this song is in the chorus, when Jewel says, “My hands are small, I know, but they’re not yours, they are my own.”  We don’t have to give much, just what we have.

I challenge you, as I’m challenging myself, to look in your community and find that spot where your hands are needed.  Then, all across the globe, let’s join hands.


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