September 17, 2020
For I am the least of the Apostles, not fit to be called an Apostle… (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
Often in Scripture, we hear individuals doubt their worthiness to do God’s work. We do this all the time, don’t we? We may even ask the question, “What good can one person do?”
Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Pope Francis – they are all individuals who made or are making an impact on the world.
But maybe you haven’t heard of Scott Strode, who opened up a gym and offered free athletic activities to people addicted to drugs and alcohol. (CNN.com)
Nancy Zuch, who started a pre-school program for children battling cancer. (CNN.com)
Iraq War veteran Jake Wood, who started a non-profit that brings military veterans together to help communities hit by natural disasters. (CNN.com)
Katie, age 10, has rallied hundreds of people in her town in South Carolina to help her create vegetable gardens to feed the hungry. How did she begin? As a third grader, she raised a tiny seedling into a huge 40-pound cabbage. When she saw how many people that cabbage fed at a local soup kitchen, she decided that she could do more. So far, she has donated more than 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to people in need. (tabarron.com)
Shifra, age 16, realized that many people in New York City weren’t able to repair their own clothes, and that this hampered every aspect of their lives. She also realized that she could use her passion for sewing to help. So she volunteered for several years at a local soup kitchen, repairing pants, mending coats, fixing tote bags, and sewing buttons on clothes. Now people in the neighborhood call her the Sewing Lady. (tabarron.com)
Anthony, age 12, created “Heavenly Hats” which has provided over 10,000 new hats to people who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and other medical treatments. He started this project when his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair, motivating him to make her a hat to lift her spirits. Now, from his home in Wisconsin, he distributes hats donated from people around the world. (tabarron.com)
There are hundreds of thousands of other stories about people making a difference – people who took a leap of faith in order to help others. They were young people, old people, former addicts, and cancer survivors. It is unlikely that any of these people saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary or were awakened from their sleep by an angel. They were people who saw a need, were moved to do something about it, and acted.
If your stomach churns or your heart races when you see a person in need, that might be your call. Pray, take a leap of faith, and act.
A quote from Edward Everett Hale: “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do.”