The Problem’s Just Too Big!

sunset full haloA quick glance through recent news headlines reveals a world that seems plagued with trouble.  Here’s just a sample:

Thousands of displaced refugees in Indonesia due to volcanic eruptions.  Uprisings, protests, and political unrest in Ukraine and Thailand.  Violence and fighting in Central African Republic.  Terrible war and violence in Syria and South Sudan.  Starvation and death plaguing refugee camps in Syria.  This list could go on and on.  

Additionally, an estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless or lack adequate shelter.  And worldwide, 870 million people suffer from malnutrition and hunger.  In a world with a 7.1 billion population, that’s 1 in 8.  And over 1 billion people lack access to safe, clean drinking water, which results in millions of deaths annually.

In the big picture, all of this seems devastating and insurmountable.  However, God commands us repeatedly to care for the widows and the orphans, to assist the downtrodden and the needy.  What can we do?  Few of us have the resources to make huge, world-wide differences.  When we look at the big picture, the temptation is to retreat into the relative safety of our homes and to insulate ourselves and our families from the world outside.  But when we narrow it down to a smaller focus, it becomes clear that each and every one of us is uniquely positioned to be of certain and special help to at least one person.  And for that one person, we ARE the world.  If we choose to act.  

Today, let us look for that one person that God has placed in our lives that we are uniquely positioned to help; to offer something to.  What’s the one thing that you can give that person that they can’t get anywhere else right now?

Reaching millions, or billions, would be wonderful.  But it’s just as important to reach the “one” as it is to reach the millions.  After all, there are millions and billions of us that also have enough to share.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the scope of the problem; every mountain moved starts with one small shovel of dirt.  You can make a difference!  You.  Me.  Each of us.  One person at a time.  One act of love, kindness, and assistance at a time.

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