When we take on the concerns closest to our hearts we certainly make a difference.
- Posted on May 22, 2018
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. —1 Corinthians 12:20 (NIV)
A friend of mine told me about her trip to Papua New Guinea. She and her husband had a marvelous time. But she described seeing stray dogs everywhere. Because none of the animals are spayed or neutered, they have pups over and over.
It’s a problem that touched her deeply. She wanted to investigate ways to address the stray dog problem and make a difference. But she bemoaned her efforts as such a small thing to do. We do that, don’t we? We want to make a difference in the world in a big way. Maybe even in a way others will see or admire.
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I pointed out, “You should help where your passions are strongest. Then you will make a difference.” Like my friend, I want to make a difference. But my passion seems small: encouraging others. For me, that means sending cards to friends facing tough times. I often wonder if it helps. In this digital age, sending a card in the mail means I don’t get an immediate response. It’s very different from someone clicking “Like” on Facebook in response to something I just posted. But the other day I found out what those cards can mean.
I’d sent my friend going through chemotherapy a Superman card. It was just to remind him: “Your cape is showing! You are amazing!” Turns out the card arrived on the very day he was facing a new diagnosis and needed some extra encouragement. Yes, my card was silly, but sometimes that’s the point. We all don’t see the same problems in the world, but we all have a passion for something.
Take the one thing you care most about and see how much good will come from your response. When we take on the concerns closest to our hearts we certainly make a difference.
Take my passionate heart and use it for Your service, Lord. Amen.