Start. Use. Do.

1 John 3_17_18 Start Use Do

The poor.  The homeless.  The hungry.  The unbelieving.

All around us are needs that are so overwhelming it can be difficult to know where to begin.  And if we’re honest, the size of the need is so intimidating it’s tempting to not even try.  If we can’t end the problem, “Why begin?” we may think.

Perhaps you’ve never thought such things, but I sure have.  That’s why I appreciated the words below from tennis great, Arthur Ashe.

Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.

His words are neither overly optimistic nor pessimistic – like Baby Bear’s porridge – they’re “just right!”  I find in them realistic encouragement.  Where do we begin?  Look around in your immediate surroundings.  There is someone within your reach today who could use your help.  You don’t have to take out a loan or learn a new skill; God will use what He’s already given you to benefit those within the sphere of your current reach.

Lastly, go into it knowing that you won’t single-handedly cure the bigger problems.  You can’t feed the world, but you can feed one person for one day!  God only expects you to do what you can – but He does expect you to do that much!

John put it this way:

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18)

Start with those you already see.  Use what God has given you.  Do what you can to show His  love through your actions. –Dave

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