There is so much tragedy and heartbreak in the world. People hurting, dying, suffering. Slavery, war, disease, terror, pain, sickness... there is just so much. It can be easy to be paralyzed by the enormity of it all.
It can be easy to do nothing because you don't know what to do. To not act because you don't know what action to take. It can be easy to minimize the power you possess.
It can be easy to find yourself in a place of deliberation where you begin to allow your head to rule your heart. And there, in that place, you subconsciously talk yourself out of doing anything at all because you don't believe what you have or can do is good enough. Or big enough. Or effective enough.
And it is there where you begin to believe the lie that you don't have the power to make a difference.
And so you don't.
But let me tell you a little truth... You are the answer to the problems you see. Somebody needs what you have. You are an answer. And what you do with that truth matters deeply.
You matter deeply.
There's a well known story in the bible about a little boy hanging out with a crowd of 5000 hungry people. The crowd had no food. The boy had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. Not enough to make a dent in the problem. But this little boy chose to see what he had, not what he didn't. He chose to focus on what he could offer, not what he couldn't. He didn't allow the size of the need to paralyze him to inaction. He just chose to do what he could do, with what he had, in the place where he was.
And so Jesus took what the boy had. He gave thanks for it. And then He multiplied it over and over again until the entire crowd was fed.
The boy gave what he had, and it was enough.
This little boy was the answer to the problem he saw. But had he questioned if his 5 loaves and 2 fish were enough for 5000 people... if he had been paralyzed by the enormity of the situation and done nothing... if he had believed the lie that what he had was too small to make a difference... Then he would have, in fact, made no difference at all.
You see, I believe what you do, with what you have, in the place where you are at, matters.
It matters deeply.
So today, what can you do? What problem do you see? What can you give? Who needs what you have?
It doesn't have to be big. You don't have to do something that's going to draw the attention of people from all over the world.
It doesn't need to be complicated. Start small...
Smile at people. Pick your head up and look at people in the eyes. Let people know you see them. Ask them how they are... show them that they matter.
Help someone who can't possibly give you anything in return. Serve others without seeking recognition. Give a cold bottle of water to someone on the street. Call that friend or family member that you have been thinking about. Speak a kind word to someone. Encourage others.
Because kindness creates a ripple effect. And generosity creates abundance. And you have something to give. Somebody needs what you have.
So today, remember... You matter. Your life is powerful. You have enough. And you, my friend, are the answer.