Sometimes I get really frustrated; kinda weighed down. About the world’s problems. I ask myself “What can I do?“.
I think about my goal of being a missionary. About wanting to help homeless people. About wanting to tell my fellow Americans about the wonderful love of Yahuwah. I think about the children and all people harmed by domestic abuse/violence. I think about the people who have lived through extreme wars, like in Bosnia. I think about people who have been harmed by their government. About misinformed people. I think about the Native Americans, the way they were treated and all the information about their culture they’ve lost. About mistreated animals. I think about all the American Veterans and all the teenagers who commit suicide every day.
That’s a lot to think about. Too much. Like I said, I get overwhelmed.
But these problems are real. How do I deal with them; how do I help?
First of all, I need to remember that Yahuwah (God) is in charge. So I can leave it in His hands. Just give it to Him. He made everyhting.
Secondly, I need to think about my circle of influence. I can worry all I want about problems in Zimbabwe, but (not being rich and being the kind that wants to see who I am helping) I may not be able to do a lot of good. That is, I am not going to Zimbabwe, and I don’t want to send money blindly. So what can I do? Let’s talk about what my circle of influence means- Basically, “Who around me do I have the most influence on?” My influence should start very close, in my family and co Here is an example – If I want organic food growers to thrive, I may not be able to lobby for them in Congress, or anything ‘big’. (Out of my circle of influence.) But I can try to buy & eat organic foods (preferably from my own neighbors), which funds these growers. (Within my circle of influence.) So, that all basically to say… Maybe I should go to comfort my neightbor who is a domestic abuse survivor, rather than travelling an hour to volunteer for an organization. Now, volunteer organizations are great. I myself volunteer at them. But how much better to work with people or animals super close to home? (I have to travel 1/2 an hour or an hour to volunteer at an organization). It’s a lot less overwhelming when you concentrate on the problems near you. And you may actually be able to do more good, too.
We can’t just think about helping! I can sit here all afternoon yearning for things to change. But how can I expect them to if I never lift a finger? Can I then blame everybody else?!
We may not be able to do things we think of as “big things”. But our Saviour Yahusha did “Little things” – he held children on His knees, He sat among normal people telling stories. Maybe we are called to little things. (Which can really be pretty big). Maybe we are called to do big things (But need to do little things for practice first?) What I’m saying is; if all you can do is a little thing, do it. That’s way better than waiting for the big thing to come by and call your name.
Ideas: Maybe you want to lift people’s spirits. Give the cashier a compliment. Sing a Patriotic song at a restaraunt. Pick up stray animals. Give the homeless guy a sandwhich. Visit your neighbors- the ones you’re used to avoiding.
Be the change you wanna see.
A thank you to every American Veteran and all volunteers!