We’ve all seen the news. We’ve all heard the stories. It’s true: there is a LOT of hurt in this world.
Scroll through any news site, turn on the TV, read the headline in your Facebook feed. The hurt of this world is everywhere. Children are dying of starvation, of easily treated diseases. Innocent people are being killed due to violence. And more.
It’s easy to look down at all the hurt of this world from our towers of abundance. It’s easy to sit in our nice, air-conditioned homes and say, “Yeah. Someone should probably get to work on that.”
But when others say, “Hey, why don’t YOU get to work on that?” we throw our arms up in indignation. “Me? Oh I can’t do that. I’m just a (fill-in-the-blank).” We say we’re just moms, just teachers, just farmers, just (again, fill-in-the-blank).
Me? I tell myself, “I’m just a kid.”
So often, we tell ourselves lies. We say that we aren’t competent enough, brave enough, smart enough, or skilled enough to be able to change the world. We shrug our shoulders and say, “Let the professionals get to work on that. Anybody but ME.”
Excuse me, but since when does God use professionals to do his work? Moses wasn’t a good speaker. Paul was a murderer of Christians. Peter acted before thinking. They were far from professional, but they did some AWESOME things for God.
God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Most of us make a difference in the world, whether that be in big ways, or small ones.
You don’t need to move to a remote village in Africa to make a difference, though you might. Often, it’s the simple things, like praying for someone who needs the prayers, or including someone feeling left out.
But I get it. Sometimes to make a difference you have to take a step out of your comfort zone. There’s this pesky little thing, though, that makes us doubt. It makes us want to turn back and run home and hide under our beds like Kevin from Home Alone.
You know what that thing is? Fear.
Deidra Riggs says, “One of the trickiest things about fear is that it doesn’t disappear simply because you’ve decided you want to do something risky or something that takes you outside your comfort zone. Fear feels bigger than your greatest ambitions and more powerful than your deepest longings.”
Fear can make us doubt, make us say, “I’m not sure I want to do this.” Fear is what holds me back sometimes from making a difference. But there is something we can do to overcome fear, and make a difference. Trust God.
Trust is the pathway through fear.
When we trust God, He brings us through the fear. He surrounds us with His love, and He is with us as we walk through the fear. We trust that God’s love is far greater than our fears. We trust that His plans for us are amazing, and big, and totally worth it.
And when we trust God, we can overcome fear. And once we overcome fear, we make a difference. Yeah, somebody does need to get to work on that. Those somebodies are US.
Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are
by Deidra Riggs
If you are looking for a book that is both well-written and motivating, this is the book for you. I wrote above on making a difference, and how trusting God helps us overcome that fear of taking the step outside of our comfort zone. Deidra’s book delves deep into these concepts and more. I highly recommend this inspiring, life-changing book to you.
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