What’s in your hand?

Let your light shine

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe.  Today, there are approximately 153 million orphans in the world and it is estimated that 19,000 children die each day from preventable causes.  In the U.S. over 400,000 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system.   Nearly 1 in 5 residents in Washington, DC are at or below the poverty line.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the statistics and the sheer pain that they represent.   When confronted with large, seemingly unsolvable problems it’s common to shy away, natural almost to distract yourself, rather than focus on the issue at hand.

You were not born to be natural however; instead you were created in the image of a SUPERNATURAL God and called to fulfill a destiny far beyond what you can do in your own strength. This is the same God the Bible says was moved by compassion when confronted with human need and suffering.  Matthew 14 details a familiar story.  It says that Jesus was ministering to a “great multitude” in a deserted place (aka there was no Mickey D’s in sight) and it was dinner time. Uh oh!  I love Jesus’ response when the disciples raised their concerns to Him.  Here’s what He said in verse 16, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

I can just imagine they were thinking, “Ummm ….excuuuussseee me? You want us to feed them? With what?” Jesus did not give them any special formulas.  He did not tell them where the closest Costco was.  He simply asked what was in their hand.  The rest of the story goes on to say that Jesus blessed the five loaves and two fish that they had and EVERYONE ate their fill (AND there were leftovers).  Wow God!

Here’s the thing.  God does not ask us to be something we are not.  He simply asks us to use what is in our hand.  The awesome part is that when we are faithful with what we have, He will bless it!

Perhaps you can’t rescue every enslaved girl or hug every orphaned child.  Perhaps you can’t adopt every foster child or feed every family in DC.  You CAN do something though.

Every single one of us has something that we are uniquely gifted at.

Perhaps you have the best chocolate chip recipe in the world?  How about sharing those with a neighbor who has been going through a rough time.  Perhaps you love to throw parties?  Have you considered using your gift to raise awareness and funds to fight human trafficking?

Every single one of us has the ability to change the world within our hands.  It just takes one step.  One act of obedience.  If each of us rises up and faithfully uses what is in our hand, we can start a revolution.

When the voices come and say, “Who are you?  You’re just one person.  You can’t do anything…” remind yourself of what the voice of truth has already spoken over you and whose image you are made in. You were created for such a time as this.  You were created to shine.  You were created to rise above.  You are beautiful.  You are free. You have something in your hand.  Let your light shine.  Let your voice be heard.

After all, when you raise your voice, you unconsciously give others permission to step out in their own freedom and raise their voices.

Together… we can do it!

xoxo,

Hannah

Are there things in your hand that you may have overlooked? What can you do to change your world today?

HANNAH MARSH MOVED TO DC OVER 10 YEARS AGO FOR SCHOOL AND HAS LOVED IT EVER SINCE. SHE’S AN ACTIVE PART OF CAPITAL CITY CHURCH AND LOVES TO SING HER HEART OUT WITH THE CAPCITY WORSHIP TEAM. SHE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ADOPTION, REALITY TV AND SPARKLES. SEEING PEOPLE CREATIVELY USE THEIR TIME AND TALENT FOR GOOD GETS HER EXCITED! SHE BELIEVES THAT EVERYONE HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD BY SIMPLY USING WHAT IS IN THEIR HANDS. IN 2011, HANNAH LAUNCHED HER OWN BOUTIQUE EVENT STYLING AND COORDINATION FIRM, PICCADILLY, BASED ON THOSE EXACT BELIEFS. WHO SAYS MAKING THINGS PRETTY CAN’T HELP SAVE THE WORLD?  YOU CAN FIND HER ON TWITTER @LOVEHANNXOXO AND ON HER BLOG LOVEALWAYSHANNAH.COM

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  1. Awesome, Hannah. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hannah, that is awesome!! Like Esther, we were born for such a time as this. To take the position and the gifts God has given us to do the most good. That’s great stuff!

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  3. WOW! such a good entry…. Thanks for this! It’s made me think about what’s in my hand on a daily basis – reminding me to be the love to those around me. Whether in line for food or coffee – I can be aware of what I have in my hands and see how I can be the change in their world. Buying a meal for someone may not change the entire world right then and there, but it certainly could change a persons day and have a rippling effect from there.

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  4. Thank you for sharing such a great message, Hannah! It makes me think about all of opportunities to bless others that may have gone unnoticed.

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  5. Thanks Hannah for this reminder. It is indeed easy to not want to do anything due to the sheer size of pain and suffering in our world. I will be trying to keep my eyes open for ways I can bless people and will ask God to show me opportunities. Like Bethany said, we can certainly change someone’s whole day with just one small act of kindness.

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  6. Hannah! Thank you for this wonderful reminder that we have our own little roles in making a difference in this world. It doesn’t seem daunting after that paradigm change.

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