March 13, 2011
Kaitlyn DeVeydt is a Freshman at Brebeuf Jesuit who has been inspired by one of her favorite singers – teen heartthrob Justin Bieber.
The most popular 17 year-old in the world is being an answer to the prayers of people in need all around the world. In Justin Bieber’s newest song “Pray”, he sings about how he ‘closes his eyes and prays for all the souls that need a prayer’ and then he goes on to ask people “to give them one today”. He encourages people to help people in need – whether that’s just a simple prayer, adopting, or anything that gets people out and doing things for those that need it. In the video, he shows children who are orphans and people who are out on the streets and needing help. This song doesn’t just talk about stepping out and adopting a child, it talks about being someone who helps give someone in need another chance to have a better life. To put yourself out there and take on the many struggles of the world where “soldiers are dying and children crying.”
You don’t have to be a big celebrity like Justin Bieber to make a change. All it takes is for one person to step up and say “I am going to make a change,” and then to do just that. At the end of the video, the viewer is left with the heart-wrenching quote that “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.”
What is God saying to you? Maybe He is telling you to adopt, maybe He is telling you to go to a Food Link, or maybe He is just asking you to pray for all of His people in the world who are hurting. If you know what God is telling you, are you listening? James 2:17 says “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Its not enough to just recognize that there is a world in need, or to know what you’re supposed to do to help. You need to get out there and help. I think that is what Justin is trying to tell people in “Pray”, he sings out “someone tell me I can make a change.” We all should have that want to go out and want to change the world. No one can change the world on their own, but if everyone had the mindset that they could, the world would be a much better place.