I have been inundated with negativity lately. My heart is breaking for all of the hurting people out there. It is overwhelming.
So, what can we do with this broken world? What can we do about poverty, human trafficking, and racism? What can we do about our government? What can we do about the kid crying in the Wal-Mart line? What can we do about Miley Cyrus? What can we do about the over 11,000 kids in the state of Oklahoma’s foster care system? What can we do about that person who needs Jesus?
The answer is not what you want to hear, but bear with me.
The answer is NOTHING…
Wait a minute… did I just say nothing? What does that mean? Does that mean we get to coast through life doing nothing?
Can you end poverty? Do you have enough jobs or money or food to fix it?
Do you have enough power or police/military force to end human trafficking?
Do you have enough wisdom or words or peace to end racism?
Do you know enough people in government to do anything to turn it around?
Can you silence kids in Wal-Mart?
Have you ever even met Miley Cyrus much less have any influence over her?
Can you go out and force 11,000 families to care for Oklahoma’s modern day orphans?
Do you have the power to save a soul?
If you answered “yes” to any of the previously mentioned questions, you are either lying, or I really need to meet you and make a game plan to fix these things.
You see, I can’t end poverty, but I can offer someone a meal, pay for someone’s groceries, help them find a job, or pay for their kid’s school expenses. I can speak the truth of their own value over them until they start to believe it. I can help them in school, teach them how to make healthy meals, and help them get free from an addiction that may be holding them where they are. I CAN DO THAT.
I can’t end human trafficking, but I can keep an eye out for women and children that look like they are in trouble. I can raise awareness that the pornography industry feeds this growing need for new “meat.” I can financially support programs going into places that no one wants to, and setting people free, and restoring their lives. I CAN DO THAT.
I can’t end racism, but I can grieve the death of Trayvon Martin without a reason. I can smile at an African American or Hispanic young man instead of clutching my purse tighter. I can pray safety and protection for my friends’ children, who may be seen as “one of them,” as they grow into the men and women God has called them to be. I CAN DO THAT.
I can’t change our government, but I can vote my conscience. I can pray for my leaders. I can pray that God steers this country the direction He wants. I CAN DO THAT.
I am not the baby/kid whisperer (though I have been called that before), but I have been known to distract “the kid” playing with the card scanner, licking the grocery belt, or unloading the candy display, with talk of Batman or Rapunzel. I can give that young mama a word of encouragement, or help unload her cart. I can even tell her she looks beautiful, especially when wearing sweat pants, mismatched shoes, and baby spit-up. Sometimes the compliment that is louder than the screaming kid is the best one they will ever get. I CAN DO THAT.
I don’t know Miley Cyrus. I haven’t even met her, but I can pray for her just like I do for my daughter and for the daughters of those I love. I can speak words of wisdom over my own daughter. I can tell every little girl that crosses my path that she is so much more beautiful than her outward appearance. I can hug every little girl I see who just wants to be loved. I CAN DO THAT.
I can’t clone myself into 10,097-8 more people, but I can get one sibling set out of that number. I can’t even take the nearly 100 kids whose files were placed in front of me last week, but I can look at the faces and let my “heart be too heavy for my legs to walk away.” I can commit to a lifetime of being a parent to those who won’t have one if I don’t step up. I CAN DO THAT.
I can’t save a soul, but I can share Jesus with everyone I come across in just the way God leads me. I CAN DO THAT.
And the very good news is John 16:33 says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world”
So instead of feeling hopeless about what you can do about the big things, leave them to God, and I pray that you find hope in all that you can do with the little things. YOU CAN DO THAT.
UPDATE 11/2015: Although God changed the process of expanding our family from what it was 2 years ago, and may or may not lead us back to adoption. There are many ways to help orphans that is not limited to adoption alone.