I wish for world peace.
I wish for no one to be hungry.
I wish that everyone can understand how precious they are to God.
I wish for an end to sorrow.
I wish what almost every other person on earth wishes
…..including those pretty people competing in various beauty pageants everywhere.
(Hey….that's why the "world-peace-wishers" win these competitions.
They wish for what we all wish for.
I think as people….
most of us simply want GOOD things for others.
We want other people to be free of yucky things.
We want to see joy.
Most of us feel something on the spectrum of sorrow when we see bad situations.
Maybe I feel mad when I see children being abused….
or frustrated when I see big groups misappropriating donated money…
or appalled when I discover purposeful mistreatment of someone…
or despair when I hear that thousands of kids under age 5 die of starvation each day…
or overwhelming sadness when I read about teenagers aging out of orphanages…
These are bad things.
I hate that they exist.
When I learn about these kinds of things….
When they are called to my attention…
I WANT TO FIX THEM.
I want to find that elusive magical "make-it-better" wand and wave that sucker all over this crazy little planet.
But I can't find it.
And I can't fix world hunger.
I think it was Mother Theresa who said something along the lines of,
"You can't help everyone….but you can help someone."
I read a cool devotional last night by the president of World Vision.
He was feeling overwhelmed by all the people who needed help….and his organization's limited ability to assist.
Then he found inspiration and comfort in the book of Nehemiah in the Bible.
Nehemiah was really upset when he realized that the giant wall that used to surround Jerusalem was still broken down and in ruins from when the city had been attacked years before.
He knew that the Jews were supposed to rebuild it….and even got permission from the king to go ahead and start the project.
But….it was huge.
There was soooooooooooooooo much that needed to be fixed.
How could it ever be completed by "normal people" who were certainly not masons or wall-builders by trade?
…The priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.
And you know what happened?
The entire wall was repaired in FIFTY-TWO days because each person focused on the specific task right in front of them.
This devotional ends with the question,
"What section of the wall has God put in front of you?"
I can't fix an entire wall.
I can't save the world.
I can't even get all of my laundry done.
But…I can put away the basket of socks.
I can make one phone call.
I can stack a few bricks.
I think that God puts something specific in my path each day.
Something that he has prepared expressly for me to do.
….We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared BEFOREHAND that we should walk in them.
So my only task today?
Find that specific task God has laid out before me.
Make sure I don't ignore or overlook it….
small things which may seem so unimportant and insignificant to me are often the ones that have the greatest impact on others.
Say "yes" to this job even if it's inconvenient….
things that seem like burdens are often great opportunities in disguise.
Be thankful when I find a chance to serve….
remember that my life is not about how clean my house is or even about my personal schedule at all...
Do what I can….even when I can't do it all.
I am quite sure that God is big enough to finish the jobs He wants complete.
So I'm off to find my little wall section (or single basket of laundry).
I hope I recognize it….even if I have to trip over it to do so!
When I'm laying on the floor looking upward….
I see things the most clearly anyways.
Here is a link to a great book by Richard and Renee Stearns….