We live in a world that’s broken. Desperate need is everywhere. He hear people—lots of people—tell us every day how much they need. Our time, our help, our resources. And many of these claims are 100% our responsibility to act upon, like the claims of people to whom we are personally obligated—our family members, our friends, and certain people in our communities.
But there are needs out there too, beyond those people we know personally. We’re exposed to so much need, all over the world, every time we open social media apps and scroll through our news feeds, or open up our newspapers and scan stories of deceit and exploitation, fires and floods, illness and hunger; murder and rape; homelessness and dislocation and war.
And make no mistake, the needs are real—and they’re desperate. Tragedies. Injustice. Suffering. Things seem to be getting worse: problems are chronic, and solutions are elusive.
It’s tempting to check out and become numb to it all. We could think to ourselves: “It’s too much! Where would I even start?” And it’s tempting to give into hopelessness. We can go to: “Nothing is ever going to change. This is just how the world is.”
But that’s not how God designed us. He made us to engage, not to ignore or give up. He made us to step right into the chaos and to love—with Holy Spirit in us and Jesus leading the way.
So, how can we do our parts in restoring this world, without our hearts being overwhelmed?
Listen in. . .