I am often tempted to get up on my soapbox and wage a campaign for change about things like ridiculously long lines at Walmart after 9:00 pm, the bashing of Christianity in the media, the exclusion of genuine Christianity in Hollywood, and more recently why a company like Brach’s would stop making my favorite Easter candy which I’ve been eating since I was a little girl. (Those marshmallow eggs are unavailable in all of Houston.)
But none of us can fight for every cause.
Backed by the favor and empowerment of God, I once organized a rally in support of our troops and in doing so was part of what began the “Support the Troops” movement that swept across America during Desert Storm in 1991. (Read about my rally on the Congressional Record the day of 1-22-91 where Congressman Tom Delay spoke about the Alvin, Texas, rally and me, Stevie Johnson—before I took back my maiden name.)
At that event I got on my soapbox for the purpose of turning around the threat of treating soldiers the same way they were treated during Vietnam, and it made an impact on society (made national news, etc.). So I know that one person backed by the support of God and the city she lives in can change the country.
That was a miraculous event, though. I’d love to write about it more some other time. The point is that when you get up on the soapbox that God is leading you to stand on, you are standing on the right soapbox. But other efforts based on personal opinions and frustrations are not what we’re supposed to expend our energy on.
I believe that the biggest impact we can possibly make with our lives is to take the path God directs us to pursue. When we go off on a tangent, we’re stepping off that God-empowered journey which will lead to ultimate success. The results of our obedience won’t be known until we get to heaven; I have no doubt that standing in the right place at the right time will reap eternal reward beyond our wildest imaginations.
New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[b]