See a Need, Meet the Need

Is this something that you practice regularly? There are so many needs out there, all around us, aren’t there? It can sometimes feel overwhelming. I’m just one person and I only have so many resources (time, money, talents/gifts/skills, etc). Do you ever feel this way? Do you find yourself doing nothing because of the sheer amount of uncertainty or doubt in what you could or should do? Would it really matter anyway?

I used to have these thoughts all the time. I still struggle with many of them. My problem now though, is not that I wonder if what I do will make a difference for someone…now it’s that I am vividly aware of SO many needs for SO many people, that I literally want to fix everyone’s problems right now. Like, yesterday. And as I mentioned in the opening of this, I am limited. I give all of the time, effort, energy, resources, and most importantly love and prayer, that I have to give (and then some, at times), but I am left feeling that it’s not enough. You see, there are so many beloved people on this planet who must have their spiritual needs met (through a saving relationship with their Creator through His Son, Jesus Christ–always the number one need for every soul that lives), and each and every one of them have physical, emotional, and mental needs that must be met as well. All of us. Period.

So in a sense, we’re all in this together. Whatever side of the spectrum we fall on in terms of faith or the lack thereof, we have real tangible needs and we are all looking for the most basic ones to be filled-love and support, a sense of belonging, dignity and self-worth, identity, and of course physical sustenance-food, clothing, shelter. And if each of us would look out for the needs of others, we could really begin to make a difference in this dark world. Some people just need a smile from a stranger, a hug from a friend or family member (or even a stranger if you’re moved to do so in a given situation), a home-cooked meal or another form of hospitality, a prayer with someone who is going through a rough time, an offer to help someone who’s out of work find a job, coffee with a new neighbor, an offer to babysit for new parents, and the list can go on and on and on. These are just things off the top of my head.

Showing hospitality can take so many forms and doesn’t require a fancy table setting and a five course meal. It is a state of your heart in seeing the needs around you and doing whatever you can to meet them. We aren’t all called to Pakistan or another country…but we all have a mission field right outside our own front doors and we all have the same 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year that God fills our lungs with breath and allows us to make an impact in this world for His name’s sake.

And the most awesome thing of all to remember…as limited as we are, He has no limits and His mercy knows no bounds. He doesn’t NEED us, but He chooses to use us and allows us to participate with Him in His kingdom work! This is such an amazing blessing and of course we all long for the day that we will hear, “well done, My good and faithful servant.” Nothing that we do in His name for the sake of the Gospel and drawing others to Christ goes unnoticed by the Father above. We get to partner with Him in fulfilling His will on the earth!

Just a quick reminder today to my own heart and hopefully to yours as well…let’s be about the Father’s business. Every day and in every way. God bless you!

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