Have you ever been on a journey? A trip or excursion? Overseas or a long car ride? What did you need for that journey? Some things you probably had to plan were: the destination, who you were going with, and how you were going to get there.
Similarly, a Justice Journey - a journey pursuing a life marked by love for other people shown in your interactions, passions, and service - involves the same things as any trip you’ve encountered before. Let’s dive into the three things you need for your journey:
The destination. Ask yourself: Where am I going on my journey pursuing a life marked by love for others and this world? Is there a problem in the world that makes your heart sting when thinking about it, a problem that you notice and can declare, “that just isn’t right,” something that gives you the desire to change where you spend your time and money? For some, this “problem” in the world they cannot look away from is sex trafficking, and for others it could be homelessness, the destitute and dying, the underprivileged, the mistreated and marginalized in their school, classes, work place, city, or country. Choosing your destination, your passion, helps direct where you are headed.
Who you’re going with. Any journey is more fun with a friend. Who is someone you trust, rely on, go to for advice? Who is someone who trusts you, relies on you and goes to you for advice? That person is probably a good friend or companion of yours, someone who you enjoy hanging out with because you have similar interests, similar passions and hopes for the world. Ask them to go on an adventure with you, a journey towards living a life marked by love, a life pursuing justice.
How you are going to get there. You’ve already picked where you are headed and who you are going to go with, now the question is: How are we going to get there? Great question! A couple answers are:
Learn, learn & keep learning! Find websites, organizations, news articles that are reliable and provide current, up-to-date information about the problem in this world that keeps you awake at night. Never stop learning!
Do something! It’s easy to learn about a topic, but harder to take action. If you are learning more about homelessness, we challenge you to serve in a homeless shelter in your city. If you are reading about how buying organic and from local stores and from places/organizations who sell goods made by people in our country or around the world who are getting paid a fair wage, then start small and start buying organic coffee, look into stores in your city or online that sell goods from good companies who treat their employees fairly.
Tell others! If a trip is fun to do with one friend, then a journey towards justice is even more fun to do with several friends! Make a point to tell friends and family members about your journey, where you’re buying your food, coffee and clothes from. Tell others to do research, to look up organizations and companies who are doing good work around the world. By telling others, you are encouraging them to join you in a mission - a mission to change your life, which in turn changes lives around the world! The changes you make matter! Make your voice be heard!
This excursion will be exciting and adventurous and will create growth within you. We are encouraged by your desire to make a significant change in your life and in this world! Take a friend and start today, the journey is already set before you!
Document your journey on social media, tag 8th Day Coffee with the hashtag #8thDayJourney