From Christ is Deeper Still:
A protestor against the Viet Nam war was trudging back and forth through the snow outside a Minnesota corporation. A passerby asked him, “Why are you out here? You’ll never change them.” The young man replied, “I’m not doing this to change them. I’m doing this to keep them from changing me.”
Whether it’s a natural disaster in Haiti or a human disaster in Washington, we keep on protesting — by doing good. The disasters are so massive, we wonder about the impact of our efforts. But our protests keep our own souls alive, even as perhaps we do a little good for others.