Drastic times call for drastic measures. History proves this statement true to us time and time again. There is always a sudden call to action that results from something drastic or severe in nature, normally resulting from a negative situation.
Martin Luther King Jr. would have never needed to plan a boycott if drastic times didn’t call for drastic measures. Nelson Mandela would not have needed to fight against apartheid if drastic times didn’t call for drastic measures President Barack Obama would never have been elected president if drastic times didn’t call for drastic measures. There is something great to be said about those who answer the call that is birthed on the inside to fight against the wars on the outside. I can imagine that anyone who has been called to lead in the shifting of a paradigm or pattern had to first feel certain emotions on the inside of them that would want them to fight a battle that most would certainly think would never be won.
There are many people and organizations that are helping lead people to a new way of thinking. Whether you are for it or against it, someone is pushing it. There is no discrimination in pushing a certain agenda; all it takes is for one person to feel deeply and passionate about something enough to want to make a change. Sure, there will be many people who disagree, but odds are there will also be plenty of people who jump on the bandwagon and who are willing to put themselves on the line in the name of their cause, even if it’s not popular.
Healthcare reform was not popular, but there were just as many people for it as there was against it (contrary to popular belief). Gay marriage, civil rights, women rights, equal rights were not popular agenda items, but there were enough people that came together to fight for what they believed in to demand change until they got it. Opposition didn’t deter the true fighters, it made them fight harder. They didn’t get discouraged when other groups started forming to lead others to fight against their fight; they just had to increase their army to fight back harder. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are proof that when the going gets tough, the tough get tougher. The military didn’t back down when the Taliban started fighting back, they increased their numbers which increased their strength and their power.
Sure, not everyone can continue fighting to the end. Some people will lose hope; others will just get tired of fighting. There will always be a few that will lose interest or who will find something else more important to fight for. Yet, there will always be those who will fight to the end, no matter what the outcome will be. Imagine if people just stopped fighting because it didn’t look good before getting to the finish line. Comebacks wouldn’t exist. There would be no game won by the team that was losing by 40 points at the half if they didn’t show up to finish the game. Even though it looks bad, unless we stay in the race we’ll never win and will always be defeated.
A revolution is a sudden, radical, or complete change (-Merriam-Webster dictionary). A revolution is needed when something has got to change. A revolution is needed when there is absolutely no doubt that if something doesn’t change, things are only going to get worse. A revolution is needed when we get sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’ve had several revolutions in my life and I am sure that I will have a lot more the longer I live. Sometimes, the only way to get the results desired is to suddenly change who we are, the way we think or how we act. We can’t think about it, we must act! We can’t worry about what other people may say or think, we must act! We can’t wait until we have enough support, we must act! We can’t wait until we have all of the necessary resources, we must act! We can’t wait to lose weight, we must act! We can’t wait until we finish school, we must act! We can’t wait another moment, we must act!
The initial call to change/act happens inside of us. There is something on the inside that stirs a yearning for change. Some may call it intuition or a sixth sense. Others may think of it as their conscious talking to them. I like to say that it is a revolution caused by revelation: God revealing something to me that causes me to want to change suddenly. When God first started showing me what He desired for my life, I dismissed it because I wasn’t ready nor did I think I ever would be. The funny thing about God is He didn’t take my “no” for my final answer, nor did God force me to accept the revelation. The more revelations, the more I desired a revolution. The more God revealed to me, the more I was willing to change to get what God had in store for me. God didn’t show me fancy cars, a big house on a hill, nor a million dollars in my bank account. God did show me peace, happiness, joy, and contentment. Even though I received the revelations, it wasn’t until my revolution that I was able to receive what God wanted me to have. I could no longer wait for a revelation for my revolution, I had to act! I did not have everything I thought I needed, nor did I think I was good enough, but I had to act! I could not continue to make excuses; I had to act! I couldn’t wait one more year or one more day, I had to act!
I urge you to no longer ignore the call inside of you to act. Do not let another moment pass without your revolution to revelation. Faith is operating outside of logic. Drastic times call for drastic measures. We must not wait any longer, for if we do, we may lose the battle simply because we never showed up to fight.
“The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” ~ William James