To truly care about something means to wish its well being with or without us. It’s far too easy to want to see ourselves as the solution to another’s problems more than we want to see their problems solved. Sadly, I fall into this mentality all the time.
But the savior mentality was never meant for us—that role has already been filled. It was placed on the head of a Jewish carpenter with the crown of thorns.
For us to desire the best for others, we must be willing to be a part of a solution—not the entire solution. In fact, we must be willing to be absent from the solution. If we find ourselves unwilling to allow people to find progress in the counsel of other individuals, groups, or organizations, we were never truly out for their best interests at all. Rather, we were seeking a badge to wear.
Does this mean we sit idly by and cast all responsibility onto others? No, but it does mean we should stop trying to change the world and start being faithful to the segment of the world we’ve been tasked with changing—beginning with us. As Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Maybe the first problem for us to tackle is in our hearts.
The Bible talks about each person playing the particular role put in front of them—represented by different parts of the body. When each of these roles are played, a body can function.
The world doesn’t need more lone-ranger saviors. It needs togetherness, and this requires us to truly put the needs of others ahead of our own by being okay with others having their needs met somewhere else.