So much to do.
These recent weeks have uncovered so many challenges, one wonders where people even start. Every answer begets new questions: how to get more new test kits, who can make more masks, how to supply hospitals, how to educate the public, how to feed the needy, how to keep businesses afloat and people employed. It probably has a finish line, but it is hidden from us now.
The same can be said for the spiritual work to be done. There is so much to do, where to start?
God has equipped each of us individually and has prepared us for moments like this. You don’t need to do it all, but you have received certain gifts that are so badly needed right now. As Paul writes in Romans 12:4-9:
“For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, according to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Are you good at communicating with strangers? Do you have the gift of organization and execution? Are you shy about approaching others but can lift people up in prayer? Do you have resources of time, talent, or money to benefit others? The world needs you now! Opportunities abound, and the challenge now is probably not in finding something to do, but choosing which one to start with. That can lead to hesitation: “If I do A, I might be better suited if B comes along.” Don’t worry, start with A and worry about B later.
The world is in fear right now. Don’t be afraid. The Lord has not only equipped us, but has provided us the strength to activate them, as promised by Jesus after his resurrection, documented in Acts 1:8:
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”
A final note. It is easier to criticize than to act constructively, and unfortunately some people make a habit out the former. Our community’s elected officials and managers are dealing with the unknown, and they are doing their best. Consider sending them an email thanking them for their efforts, and let them know DCC is praying for them. A little encouragement will go a long way and give them the confidence they need to remain steadfast in their efforts and discernment.
Kevin McDonald, elder