Have you ever wished that your life could be easier? Who hasn’t? Every generation has had battles they didn’t want to fight. Which is why we must learn, as they did, that we have an important part to play in making the world a better place, right now, in this generation.
In 1933, Winston Churchill warned his fellow countrymen against the rise of Nazi Germany. His message encouraged people not to shrink back from their troubles but to stand strong with courage. Churchill said, “We ought to rejoice at the responsibilities with which destiny has honored us and be proud that we are guardians of our country in an age when her life is at stake.”
Another example about facing the moment with courage is a powerful scene in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The hero, Frodo Baggins, must return the ring of power to Mordor and destroy it. His burden is so heavy that he says, “I wish the ring had never come to me.” Gandalf, the wise wizard supporting him, replies back, “So do all those who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that’s given to you.”
Past generations were responsible for the world in their time. Future generations will be responsible after we’re gone. But today, the state of the world is up to you and me. Each of us are here with our gifts, talents, and intelligence … for such a time as this!