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