To Save The World…
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of saving the world. I would devour books about missionaries, read up on everything I could I about Mercy Ships, and you better believe if someone came home on furlough, I was the only kid in the first row hanging on their every word. I still remember being enthralled as a young child as missionaries from my church came home and talked about their work in Papa New Guinea. I couldn’t get enough.
Combine my childhood enthusiasm for missions with my StrengthsFinder highest attribute being empathy, the fact that Mother Teresa is my heroine, and my experience as an oncology nurse, and you pretty much have a bleeding heart. There are times that I have been convinced that I feel enough for everyone in the whole world.
In part, I love that about myself. I like the ability I have to relate, to feel and to love. I love being able to empathize with other people and to meet them in a place of compassion. Other times, though, it is so overwhelming. There have been times I literally felt I could die of a broken heart. When it comes to emotions, I really feel.
Being new to the DC area we are looking for a new church. The other day we visited one, and the message hit me right where I am. It was like she was speaking right to me. Her message focused on goodness, but one of her points stuck with me, in fact it has been resonating with me every since. She talked about how it is not our job to save the whole world, but it is our job to be faithful with the little piece that we have been given, our corner of the world.
Boom. Right at me. It hit my heart.
Over the years through my experiences and passions I have developed a bit of a savior complex. A need to fix everything and everyone and to try to carry the weight of it all. It’s what wakes me up in the morning and keeps me up at night. Making a difference in the world.
I cannot do it all, and I would never be able to do it all alone. Every single time I hear of a cause, see a new project, or come across a new campaign I feel like I immediately need to give, join, advocate etc. There is nothing wrong with that, but I am one person. I cannot fix every problem or save the whole world. In fact, if I tried, I would find myself frustrated and burnt out. Just ask Mwita. Daily I have a new plan or idea or cause to join. Daily I decide I know just what we need to do to save the world. And daily my heart breaks and I become overwhelmed with the great need of it all. What is better, more important, and more likely to be successful, is if I take my passions, my skills, those things that burn on my heart and those things that I am good at, if I take those things, pursue them without abandon, and follow after them.
So many of us are walking around with burdened hearts, all we can see is the pain and we are overwhelmed by the scale. But what the world needs is not a few more people dabbling in this or that, what it needs are hearts ablaze, ready to do the work they are passionate about, people ready to use the skills that are God-given to change their piece, their corner of the world. When I think of the world in that way, it seems doable. Each person doing their part. Each pursuing their passions to help others. Each person on fire for what God put on their hearts to do.
Alone we can do so little, but together we can do it all. Piece by piece, person by person. Each person taking their corner of the world and setting their goal to make a difference. I am excited for the real and lasting change that my life and passions can bring. I am even more excited to see what can be accomplished when each one of us finds a light within their own heart and follows after it. Thank you to those that have inspired me with their life’s work, for those that have encouraged me to find my own, and especially to Heather at National Community Church for speaking right to my heart.
For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of saving the world. I’ll do my part and you do yours and together we can do just that.
If you want to find out more about how you can help or get involved in something you are passionate about, please let me know. Whether your passion is anti-trafficking or orphan care, education or medicine, I know someone doing good in just about every sphere and I would love to connect you. There are so many people doing great work around the world, I believe if we partner together we can do so much!