Today, John shared a quote from Andy Stanley. Andy said, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” Many times we look at a problem that deeply moves us and we get paralyzed by the complexity of the problem. So, instead of doing what we can right now with the resources that we’ve been given right now, we do NOTHING. Andy Stanley’s quote challenges us to start by doing for one person what you wish that you could do for everyone. What an amazingly simple way of getting started. Today is the time to make a difference in one person’s life. Will you accept the challenge?
A few years ago, the church that I was privileged to pastor raised money to build a well in Haiti. It was a life-changing decision for many. We sent the money through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to build a well on the grounds of the Pernier Church of the Nazarene in Haiti. The wells provides fresh water to the people in the neighborhood surrounding the church. We couldn’t solve the entire water problem in the nation of Haiti, but we could help a few hundred people.
That experience has challenged me to help make a difference in the lives of more people in the nation of Haiti. Beginning in December 2015, Gentle Shepherd Church of the Nazarene (the church that I now pastor) raised money to build yet another well in another area of Haiti. As the well is being built, it too, will serve to provide fresh water to many families in one small town in Haiti. My point in sharing this is simple. You and I have only one lifetime to make a difference in this world. I am choosing not to wait until I can solve the entire problem. Instead, I am choosing to be intentional by making a difference TODAY! Will you join me?
ACTION STEP: What is the one problem that you wish you could solve if you only had the resources to do so? Now, determine one small step you can take in solving that problem in the life of one person. Finally, to use a slogan from the company Nike, just do it! Remember, you can’t change the world, but you can change the world for one person.