Conflicts?

At first glance, there might seem to be some conflicts and incongruities between this morning’s sermon (where I was challenging people to be heroes) and the posts of the past couple of weeks (where I’m coming to the realization that I can’t fix the world).

I’ll freely admit that I was in a different state of mind when the sermon was conceived many months ago. But I don’t think there’s a conflict.

We are called to be heroes – to go out into the world and do great things. But even the biggest hero can only do so much – he or she can’t fix the whole world. Jesus didn’t do it, Buddha didn’t do it, and I’m sure as hell not going to do it.

There is a reading in the UU Hymnal (#457, by Edward Everett Hale) that says:

I am only one
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Including, at times, being a hero.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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