Looking at images of starving children, trafficked women, natural disaster stricken towns and cities, orphaned babies, broken families and all other situations urgently needing attention can be completely and totally overwhelming. Our emotions can be so engaged it’s hard to even think clearly beyond just trying to help someone, anyone, in that moment.
I can’t watch a World Vision commercial without crying, or sit through a Compassion International presentation without my heart being pulled at. I can sit there in guilt, thinking people are wondering why we aren’t offering to sponsor a child. They don’t know that we already do sponsor a child. My heart aches within me, “well maybe we could sponsor just one more…”
My heart sometimes is pulled in so many directions I am confused and ask the Lord what on earth I’m supposed to do about so much disaster and destruction.
There was one day I had listened to a program about women and children caught in sex trafficking and I couldn’t even function. I just sat and cried until my husband got home. I proposed that night that we move to the Sudan.
Is it really God’s will for us to be running in circles trying to fight for every cause?
Through many different ways, God has been speaking to me that it is not his will for me to support every project or fight for every cause.
A lot of these causes are amazing, and you perhaps are called to one that I am not.
There were four things the Lord showed me for this season of my life.
1. There are things I am called to now.
2. There are things I am NOT called to.
3. There are things that I am called to now, but won’t be later.
4. There are things that I am NOT called to now, but will be later.
With those points in mind, I can sort out whether a cause is for me to get involved with or not. If it fits what the Lord has called me to now, than if he confirms it, I will jump in. If it’s not what I am called to, than it’s a distraction. If I’m called to it later, I can release my guilt and know that when the timing is right, I’ll be involved.
The Lord gives us each individual gifts, talents and passions. Don’t feel guilty because you aren’t called to the same thing as your friend. At the same time, don’t disengage from helping people because you don’t “feel called”. Everyone is called to make a difference in somebody’s life!
1 Corinthians 12:4-5 says
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.
Further down in verse 7 he says
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
Be released to walk in the calling the Lord has placed on YOUR life, and be faithful to fight for the cause that the Lord has burned on your heart. If it is to free the oppressed, then break their chains! If it is to love the orphan, then love with your whole heart. If it is to minister to the needy, than give all you can. If it is to speak life, then exhort in the Lord!