There is a world full of need out there. All you have to do is read a few headlines or listen to some news, and you can quickly feel overwhelmed with the suffering, misery, and evil in the world. How many times do you think, “that is just so horrible”, or “how could someone even think to do something like that?” Sometimes you feel such compassion or empathy for the people involved, that you want to do SOMETHING. Then you turn off the TV or click off your computer, and you kind of forget about it.
Does that sound familiar? I think we are overwhelmed because of the sheer number of things we hear about every day. Sensory overload. It’s hard to focus because of the bigness of the need…after all, what could one person do that could even make a dent?
I think the first thing we can do is realize that we are watching a biased view of reality. We are mostly seeing only the negative, because that’s what makes for “interesting” news. Right at this moment, there are countless acts of love being showered on people in need. You might hear of some of these acts of kindness, but I can guarantee that the numbers are much higher than you think. Because of this sharing of love, many sad and hardened hearts will be opened to the pure healing power of Jesus. There are so many ways the Lord moves to touch the hearts of those who are lost. Remember, He is the Good Shepherd – He will always find a way to pull in His lost sheep.
Are you ready to be used by your loving God? Have you made the choice to open your heart and soul to Jesus, allowing Him to work through you? Do you feel a tugging at your heart…a feeling that you are being called in some way but you just can’t figure what it is? God is calling you to share His love.
God created you because you play an intricate part in His plan. You can touch certain people in a way no one else can – you possess gifts and talents that are unique to you. You were given exactly all that is needed for your place in the Body of Christ.
Don’t let the world’s problems overwhelm you into doing nothing. Ask the Lord to direct you…to open your eyes so you can see the needs of those that are around you, and ears to listen to how you can help them. You will know where the Lord is leading you; you will feel it in your soul. It may be He is leading you to do something HUGE or it may be small acts of love and kindness.
The key is to take the first step, which leads to the next, and the next. Once your eyes are open, you will be surprised how aware you become of the people right in your midst…who have been there all along, who are waiting for you to take that step, in love, toward them.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Philippians 2:2-4 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others