I just read the Obama speech transcript at CNN.com and am curious what you and your friends are talking about this morning on the issue.
Is it the tax check in the mail (I must admit, I like that one.)? Is it the mortgage help? Is it the part on ending the War in Iraq?
Here is my favorite: "In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent, for a mother or father who will attend those parent-teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child."
The creators of Microsoft's X-box, Nintendo's Wii, and Sony's Playstation 3 won't like the suggestion, but Obama makes a wonderful point. There is no subsitute for an involved parent.
Or, to expand his wording, there is no substitute for an involved person. We're all busy, but I think we could all also admit there is at least one time waster we could stop to make a greater difference in the lives of other people.
Jesus, God in human form, said, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:27). He is our ultimate example. This life is not about what we get, but what we give.
So make a difference, like Obama challenged. But let me challenge you to take it one step further: serve following the example of Jesus. He is the One who continues to change lives both today and for eternity.