God has been teaching me something very simple: I will not change the world.
He doesn’t call us to change the world.
He does call us to reach out to those He brings across our path.
Reach, love and point them to Him – the only one who can change their world.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the need and the number of people asking for help.
It’s hard to drive through the dirt roads of a third world country and not be able to scoop up every hurting child lining the streets and take them home, feed them, clothe them, take care of them.
It’s difficult to walk through a park in Tampa and give out sandwiches, knowing hunger will return tomorrow.
What do we do when the needs are greater than we can imagine?
Follow the example of Jesus, who always stopped for one.
One bleeding woman. One blind man. One possessed boy. One sick girl. One paralyzed friend. One dead brother.
One widow in the neighborhood, one single mom serving your table, one family at the gas station, one man on the side of the road, one struggling dad in the office, one friend who received bad news. Not the world – just one. Silently begging for someone to stop….to care…to help.
The world is being changed for the homeless man who receives a meal and a blanket on a cold night, reminded that he matters.
The world is being changed for the family wondering if they can pay for groceries, that receive a phone call to schedule delivery of a week’s worth of meals.
The world is being changed for kids in the local foster system that have been welcomed into families and are learning about love and Jesus.
The world is being changed for 28 children in Dominican Republic who have been through turmoil, but will now have a stable home.
The world is being changed for 50 orphans and caregivers who are becoming Ambassadors of Jesus in Haiti.
On our own, we have nothing to offer to a world in need. But thank God, he hasn’t asked us to save the world.
He only asks us to be available – and then invites us to join Him as He changes people’s worlds.
I don’t think I could ever explain how thankful I am to have pastors, leaders, friends & a church community in my life who have set an incredible example of saying YES, being AVAILABLE, and WATCHING in awe as God works. May we always leave with someone wanting more of Jesus.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21