And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 ESV)
With the advent of 24/7 news, the internet, facebook and everything else, we are bombarded with most of what goes wrong in the world. A woman is abducted and we learn immediately of sex trafficking. An earthquake devastates a developing nation and we see the hundreds of thousands who have lost loved ones, don’t have clean water and no longer have a home. Shootings at a school happens and we hurt for the families of the kids that have been killed. We can be overwhelmed with all of the hurt in the world– we can be paralyzed by it. How can we make a difference through the pain? Does my $10 donation really do anything?
Andy Stanley, in his sermon called “One, Not Everyone”, gives us some practical advice when we become overwhelmed by the suffering that surrounds us:
1. Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. By focusing on one person, we aren’t as spread out and see the little things we do will make a big difference in their life.
2. Go deeper, not wider. It might be easier to throw $10 at everything that comes our way, but we can usually make a greater change for good when we do more than just giving money. When we focus our time, talents, and money on one person or family, there is a greater reward.
Don’t forget the last part of today’s verse also, we will see results in the end if we don’t give up! So, don’t give up and continue to ask God where He has prepared good works in advance for you.
Who do you need to focus doing good for today?