I look around and see need. Everywhere there seems to be a need. And to be truthful, some days it is just plain overwhelming. Almost suffocating, if you will.
I walk about with eyes-wide open and see . . .
A young mom that needs help.
A man that needs work.
A humble soul that needs food.
A friend in an abusive relationship.
A woman trying to beat the alcohol that has her trapped.
A child that needs love.
A marriage that needs repaired.
There are needs everywhere and many days I want to throw my hands up in the air exclaiming, “What good can I do!” The situations are huge and I feel so small.
Maybe feeling small is good.
Seeing the needs with wide-eyes is stifling. It’s like when I look at a big busy picture. I can’t think. There’s too much it overwhelms my brain. Yes, that’s how I feel when I see the needs in a community.
But taking that big picture and looking at only one area of it, one tiny area, as if to get up close and personal — it becomes beautiful. The small details don’t crowd my mind as it is easier to find the beauty.
If looking at needs in your community are overwhelming, look for the small. Don’t look at the huge picture — look for the individual you can bless. By serving them in a small way, you’ll begin to feel big. Those you serve will feel even bigger.
Your small acts become big.
Your bright smile can make somebody else’s day.
A $5 gift card to a fast-food restaurant can nourish a hungry soul.
A phone call to a troubled soul can give them encouragement.
Babysitting a friends small children can lighten her load.
How about you?
Do the needs you see make you feel small?
If so, what small way can you serve someone in need?