The following post was written by 2L Student Staff member Natasha Delille.
Every day we face challenges that seem nearly impossible to overcome. On October 12th
, Admiral Vern Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations, addressed the Center for Global Justice staff and spoke to us about managing our expectations. He advised us to never run away defeated simply because something seems impossible. To stay focused, Admiral Clark urged every organization to continually ask the following questions: (1) Who are we as an organization? (2) What do we believe in? (3) What are we doing? (4) Where are we going?
We have been called to invest in people; we have been called to pour our lives into others. Many of the projects that we work on at the Center for Global Justice are challenging in ways that might cause some to lose hope. Admiral Clark urged us not to lose hope but to be thankful for the challenges that will come our way. With each challenge we will learn an important lesson for our journey. God is preparing us the same way He prepared David for his battle against Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
There are injustices waiting to be rectified. And although this work may become stressful, “stress is simply being used to light a fire in us.” As Admiral Clark spoke, I was reminded that God equips those whom He has called, and that with God, nothing is impossible. I was also reminded that God is using the Center staff in preparation for major battles. At the moment, we are not lawyers or Congressmen, but the work we are doing at the Center is work that will change the world. Saul thought that David was too young to fight Goliath, but little did he know, God had prepared David to slay the giant. The solutions that we are seeking may seem impossible to many, but as long as we continue to be disciplined and obedient, God will help us slay the giants of injustice.
Admiral Clark ended our discussion by reciting the following stanza of Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
“Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.”
|Photo by 2L Student Staff member Chelsea Mack