I have been trying to follow a habit of life that goes like this:
“Do for one (person) what you wish you could do for many (people).”
I first heard this idea from Andy Stanley…although I don’t know if he developed the original thought. It is a simple concept, but difficult to implement.
- I desire to bring peace to the entire world, but that objective is out of my reach. Instead, I am giving a significant amount of time and energy to be a peace-maker with someone who has a crucial broken relationship.
- I want to help all the millions of people who are unemployed, but that is impossible. Instead, I gave time and energy to assist several friends who were recently unemployed. One of them is now working in ministry (a life-long goal) because of a connection I helped with.
- I wish that I could lift impoverished nations out of their despair, but I am unable to even make a dent in their economy. Instead, I give to the local food bank, contribute to people I know who are suffering, and have tried to make “yes” my default response when people ask for my help.
How about you? What would you do for the world?
Thanks for listening.