Save the World

I’ll save the world,

but I won’t do the dishes.


Why not?


It’s demeaning,

and I’m important.

I won’t walk the dogs,

feed the horses,

or mow the lawn,



What about look after children?

That’s important enough,



I suppose I could start a school,

but I won’t teach classes.

Or a class.

Or a student.


What about look after refugees?

There are tons of those right now.


That might be worth my time.

Build some camps.

Convince my country to take them in.

But I won’t put up any in my home.

Or house flood victims either.

Or battered women, teenage prostitutes,

or orphans.


What about preach the Gospel?

Evangelization is mandatory.


Of course!

I plan to write a book,

and sell it to millions.

It will be a masterwork of literature, theology,

and grace.

But I won’t waste my time witnessing to strangers.

Or friends.

Or my family.


How about washing feet?

Jesus washed feet.



It’s not enough.


It doesn’t have to be.


It’s not enough.

It’s never enough.


Jesus also washed you, you know.





I suppose I could wash the dishes.

But maybe not feet.

And I won’t save the world.

(The original version of the first two lines, attributed to P.J. O’Rourke, goes, “Everyone wants to save the world, but nobody wants to do the dishes.”)


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