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Over the course of our lives we are bound to see suffering and to hear about tragedies throughout the world. In fact, seeing suffering is almost an every day occurrence. We turn the corner and see a homeless person sitting in the street, we watch tv and see a commercial about starving children, we walk in to a shop and hear about the latest hurricane or tsunami that just hit somewhere, we go to school and learn about genocide, we read statistics like “More than 3 million children under age 5 die each year from diseases because of environment-related causes and conditions.” Over time, the amount of suffering we see and hear about becomes overwhelming. We know that suffering will never end in this world. The fact that we cant possibly help every single person who needs it weighs so heavy on our hearts. Soon, the sadness we feel  is so much for our bodies that our brain starts tuning it out as a defense mechanism. We see a picture of a starving child and, though we know this is sad, something inside of us is lacking. We stop feeling. Our emotions become suppressed.

I was reading a magazine one day called Reject Apathy. That title made me think long and hard. All of a sudden my eyes were open. I realized I was apathetic. I couldn’t remember when it happened exactly, but like a flash before my eyes, I could remember all the suffering I have seen and heard about. I knew I needed to read more. So I started flipping through the pages, and there it was. A picture of a little child. Frail and helpless. I just sobbed. The image of this child spoke to my soul and I couldn’t stop crying. The more I read about this child the more I cried. It hurt.

I wish every one with a need were able to get that need met. But, I am one person. That is a tough realization. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, insignificant, and an insurmountable certainty of universal doom…why don’t you just choose.  Choose to reject apathy. It is a conscious effort you must make to go against your natural defense mechanisms.
If every person helped a neighbor somehow, imagine how great the numbers of the needy would dwindle down. So it may start with you.
But you are only the beginning.
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I’ve been hearing a lot from people I know about how they feel like they should be doing more with their life. This isn’t an uncommon feeling. I bet you have felt like this at some point, either in the past or maybe now. I know I do. SO, what stops us from doing more? 

 Maybe the thing stopping us is whats in our pocket books, or rather whats not in our pocket books. Maybe we get so busy and hardly have time to take care of ourselves, let alone worry about someone or something else. Maybe we feel insignificant. Maybe the cause is so far beyond being fixed by just my help. Perhaps we try and fail and get too discouraged to try again.
But guess what? We need not be discouraged. We have already been given the ability to have an impact in life. The step towards the right direction starts by asking one question: whats in your hand? Maybe it’s a pen, or a mouse, maybe its a cookie sheet, or a cup of coffee, maybe its a camera. Start with that. Write an encouraging letter to someone who needs it. Create a website for a small struggling business. Bake cookies for a neighbor. Buy a friend a cup of coffee. Take a picture of something that inspires you and share it. Maybe it is as simple as cleaning someone’s house who just had surgery, or a baby. My point is to never underestimate the power of doing something small. I know the last time someone gave me a little post-it note with the words “you are amazing” written on it, I saved it and put it on my dresser to see every morning because it meant something to me. Who knows, maybe a kindly spoken word today will inspire, motivate, or lift a spirit. Because, in the end, isn’t that the point?
“When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable.” –Oswald Chambers via Relevant Magazine

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