I woke up this morning with an odd heaviness in my heart...prayers started racing through my mind knowing what a big day this is for our country, but also knowing that so many people are still without power and bracing for yet another storm, knowing that the news said no one is really helping them.
How can that be?
This past week we visited a church here in town. They were collecting supplies for hurricane victims, filling a truck to drive out to a neighborhood and do what they could to help. The pastor said "This isn't even going to be a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed out there...but we're going to do what we can. We're going to do for ONE what we wish we could do for millions."
And that settled into my spirit.
It would be easy to let that statement discourage us. I mean, to know that this huge truck isn't even a drop in the bucket? How sad.
But that wasn't what impacted me the most...it was the last part of the statement, the call to do for ONE what you wish you could do for millions...
Generally speaking, I tend to get a little overwhelmed (or maybe a lot overwhelmed) thinking that I'm just one person...I'm just one person with a few things to say, things that may not matter to the masses...and it's easy to talk yourself right out of sharing those things.
Because Who am I to expect anyone to care what I have to say?
But what if a kind word, an encouraging word doesn't transform a generation, but it transforms one life?
Is it any less important?
Sometimes I think of these brilliant things...you know, when you get an idea and you're thinking "this is the best idea ever in the history of the world..."
And then you start to research it...and you realize it's been done before. Maybe more than once. Maybe lots. And that can intimidate you...because you're just one person. Who would listen to me?
What do I really have to say?
But you know what I think? It starts with one.
All of this soul searching got me thinking about the ONE I've been focusing on. I have to tell you, often (more often than I care to admit)...that ONE is ME.
Talk about sad.
So, I started asking myself who can I help and how?
Little things. Big things. Honest things...maybe you or I can't change the world but we can change one life. It costs us nothing to be kind.
I don't want to live a self-important, me-centric life. I want to show people they're loved, that they matter, that they were born for a purpose...I want to inspire a feeling of joy, even if I can only do that one person at a time.
What can you do today to help just ONE person?