It’s been a nasty few weeks out there in the world: Earthquakes, Tsunami, civil wars and unrest and today I read about churches being blown up and Christians attacked in Egypt. That’s all out there in the wide world, but even in our local area we have people losing their jobs, not able to find work and worried about feeding their families. The Bournemouth food bank run by Vineyard say they’ve given out 173kg of food parcels on wed alone last week.
It can all leave you feeling like there’s nothing you can do and wondering whether there’s any sense in the world at all. As Christians we believe that God made the world, and is still in charge, but he’s given us the job of caring for it and of caring for each other. We don’t have the answer to why these things happen, but Jesus doesn’t ask us to understand why, he asks us to be his hands in the world until he comes back and fixes the problems permanently.
With so many worthy causes it can be difficult to see how we can be of any help at all. There’s not enough money or time in our hands to fix these problems, but that’s not a reason to do nothing. God is not expecting us to fix the world – even Jesus didn’t fix all the problems around him when he was here, he told us ‘you will always have the poor with you’. He focussed on spreading God’s love and kindness to those around him, and then told us to go and do likewise.
So you can’t fix everything… Pick something you care about and focus on that. Fix something. Help someone. Do what you can, and do it today.
Be a light for Jesus in a darkening world.