Doing the Truth
These three things are true.
There is money enough in the world to lift every person out of poverty.
There is food enough in the world to feed every undernourished person.
There are parents enough in the world to care for every orphan.
“Ah,” you say, “I see where you are heading. But to get the money to all the poor, and the food to all the hungry, and the parents to all the orphans would require a massive redistribution of all the assets in the world.”
“But,” you say, “that’s never going to happen. World cultures are wealth-addicted, and food-addicted, and driven by self-seeking, not compassion. Since the problems of poverty, hunger, and orphans are so massive that we can never expect to realistically solve them, does it make any difference to even try to do so?”
Ask the young widow who received a micro-loan from an Adventist relief organization if the $125 it took to set up her small business selling handcrafts was worth it, and she will explode with smiles—“Yes! Now I can feed my children. Now they never need be orphans.”
Ask the 5-year-old boy whose solemn eyes follow your hand with fierce intensity from the large pot of corn porridge all the way to his banana leaf plate. He will murmur, “Si”—but only after he has gulped down all he can.
Ask the little girl in the fourth bed on the left if she has ever imagined a home with a mother and father and those she could call “brother” and “sister.” You will see tears well in her eyes as she stares off into that secret place where children’s dreams are kept. “Yes,” she will whisper. “Yes—a million times!”
Just because a task is hard doesn’t mean it’s not important. Just because we won’t finish it until the Lord returns is no excuse for waiting to start. Just because you only have five loaves and two fish doesn’t mean the Lord is unwilling to use you to perform a mighty miracle.
Read this issue of Adventist World with an open heart—and open hands.