It’s always good to feel like you are doing something that makes a positive impact in the world, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time to do something that feels so meaningful. I can tend to look at people in need all over the world and see others who are devoting their lives, or even a week or two, to go and meet those needs.
At one point in time, I too was one of those who was able to go for a week or two on a regular basis to the other side of the world and love on orphans, or build community showers, or serve at a soup kitchen in a poverty stricken area, or speak hope to those who felt hopeless. However, these days, life just seems too full and too busy for world travel.
There are only so many days I can take off of work and even those tend to get scheduled out by others in my life. Also, there’s that whole “adulting” thing where I have bills to pay and a roof to keep over my head, and therefore do not have the resources to be able to fund those trips around the world. I’ve had to accept the fact that the season of globe-trotting for Jesus has come to a close for the time being and that those adventures just won’t happen as often as they used to.
It’s always good to feel like you are doing something that makes a positive impact in the world…Click to tweet
There is still a deep desire in me to impact the world around me in whatever capacity I can. After all, God calls us to serve one another:
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” – Galatians 5:13
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
On top of the directive to serve, there are actually many benefits to giving to and serving others. Just Google “benefits of giving back” and you will find articles and research galore on the positive benefits of donating or contributing to others in some way. Some of the benefits that stood out to me are the psychological benefits of happiness and having a sense of significance. I can only imagine that was always a part of God’s master plan of service…to benefit both parties, receiver as well as giver. Truly, as one who struggles with depression, anxiety and self-worth, I can use all the help I can get, and God has given me a formula to help by helping others.
I can only imagine that was always a part of God’s master plan of service…to benefit both parties, receiver as well as giver.Click to tweet
So, I try to be intentional about looking at what it is that I can do to make a positive impact and to help others in whatever season I am in at the moment. There are so many needs out there that it can almost be overwhelming to figure out where to focus and what to pour myself into. And though I love the few times a year that I am able to go with a group of people to serve the homeless dinner or to go to a friend’s ministry and use my talents and gifts to bless them in some way, it can be hard to imagine having the capacity to do those things as much as I’d like to.
I do think that one day, God will present me with another opportunity to go back to the other side of the world to serve. He will also continue to bring up opportunities to serve within ministries and with people in my life that could use my skills and abilities. But I don’t need to just wait for those opportunities to pop up.
There are plenty of needs out there if we are willing to open our eyes to them. Spend some time thinking about where you could make an impact during this season of life. If you would like a jumping off point, there are plenty of service opportunities in our area that you can check out HERE!