My friend said, “Someone should really do something about those bagworms.”
I said, “Bagworms? What bagworms?”
“Don’t you see them? They are all over that tree over there.”
I couldn’t see them. For those of you that are not familiar with bagworms, they live in evergreen trees and chew up the tree to make their cocoons. Since they use part of the tree in the construction, the cocoons look like part of the tree. Plus, they hide underneath where the sun does not shine.
The bad part about bagworms, is that they will destroy a tree, or a whole yard full of trees, in just a few seasons. They basically suck the life out of them.
My simple bagworm philosophy is this: Sometimes God uses you to see something that no one else can see. When He does that, He is telling YOU to take care of it, not someone else.
I used this tact on my friend and suggested he take care of the bagworm problem. He didn’t. The trees died. Then there wasn’t a bagworm problem anymore, there was a tree problem.
Too often, I hear people talking about how “someone should take care of” something. Maybe you are the only one who can see the problem, and maybe you are the only one inspired to take ownership of the problem. Maybe, if you don’t take care of it, no one else will, and the problem will grow into something more severe.
I have found that problems that are giving to me to work on, are ones I tell others about, and they don’t get excited enough to help out. I used to get frustrated about it, until I figured out where the inspirations are coming from.
So... If there’s too much litter on the road, don’t complain about it, clean it up. If you think there is a problem in our government, run for office. If you think there is a problem in our schools, volunteer, be a mentor! If the taxes are too high, form a lobby to get them lowered. You may be the only one inspired to take on the job.
Oh, and if you think morality in America is waning, quit your job, be a pastor, and teach about Jesus. At least, that is what I am inspired to do...
His servant, Pastor Jay