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This has been the question on my mind for a while now. Why should we care about the poor, the powerless, the broken and needy? I mean, look at the world…you try to help one person and a million others starve, because the powers that should, in fact, take responsibility for their welfare, cannot do the job anymore (some refuse to do their jobs in lieu of lining their own pockets). There is just a handful of people in the world that really care about others and those will never be able to save the world.

Over the past few months you may have noticed my absence from social media or perhaps not. My tiny organization is but a tiny speck in the world of charity. The reason for my absence is simple, I’ve taken stock of my responsibilities. This meant re-thinking all my commitments and yes, the motivation behind this was definitely a feeling of utter helplessness and hopelessness. I wondered why I should work my fingers to the bone for something that will barely make a dent in poverty. The tiny contribution my work brings cannot possibly make a difference.

Everything in the world is downside-up and no one bothers with another’s needs anymore. People simply DON’T CARE. They have too many worries of their own and all the sadness, pain and suffering they see around them has become just ‘part of the scene’. So why should I care, why should I waste my time and energy on such a thankless and, looking at the state of things, endless and worthless cause.

I seriously considered throwing in the towel…..yes I did. And many things happened over the past six months that actually MADE me want to give up. BAD things, things that caused me to reconsider EVERYTHING. Thanklessness, for instance, and donors’ horrid comments, the constant influx of requests from all over the world for help and help and more help. The silence on the donations side. And that was just the work. In my personal life things are equally awry. It seemed that BAD things do not come in three’s, after all, they come in STRINGS of three’s! It became tiring to always try and be a good person, looking at the bright side, smiling against all odds. I was starting to question the wisdom of my work.

On the heels of that, of course, came the question: am I actually doing what I am supposed to do?? Was this what God WANTED me to do? Did I understand that long ago message right or did I TOTALLY miss the point?

I struggled with all these questions day and night (literally) and finally it dawned on my poor, weary brain, ask somebody the answer. In my case that somebody would be God. The One I always turned to in good AND bad times. He set me on this path, so I intended to get the answer there and then. Oh, I’ve pondered the purpose of my life and work often in the past and every time He gave me the same answer: be faithful and serve.

I’ve been stalling the ‘confrontation’ with my Creator since the weekend. So, yesterday I finally asked God the BIG QUESTION: “What is my life purpose?” and I dared (yes, DARED!) God to answer me.

He did SO answer me, but before I tell you what He ‘said’ (God speaks to me through His Word, I do NOT hear voices!), I decided to look back on my week of Bible Study and the scripture that was highlighted in each and, to my surprise, discovered that He has been answering me all week, even before I popped the question! Obviously God does know our hearts.

Look at this:

Saturday, 13 May: 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak

Sunday, 14 May: Proverbs 31:30: “Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honours the LORD should be praised.”

Monday, 15 May: Psalms 118:24: “This is the day of the LORD’s victory, let us be happy, let us celebrate!”

Tuesday, 16 May: 1 Corinthians 13:6-7: “Love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up, and its faith, hope and patience never fail.”

Wednesday, 17 May: “Psalm 119:10: With all my heart I try to serve you; keep me from disobeying your commandments.”

Thursday, 18 May: “Proverbs 21:3: Do what is right and fair, that pleases the LORD more than bringing Him sacrifices.”

These are all the daily scriptures I receive from my Bible application, YouVersion, you can actually check them, I did not choose them randomly.

When I asked THE QUESTION yesterday, I did expect an answer, but not that it would come as soon as it did. For my general Bible reading I’ve selected the book of Habakkuk this week and poor Habakkuk was in a TERRIBLE position. His whole world was falling apart, because of those pesky Babylonians that infiltrated the country. I could identify with him. A lot of the things he went through and saw happening is, in fact, happening in our world and in our own country TODAY.  What he describes is exactly what I spoke of earlier in this post: the people were desperate, they were poor, sick, sad, afraid, hungry, etc and those of authority simply couldn’t care less, they just trampled over them all. He turned to the Lord and, much like me, and I suppose many of us in the world, turned to God and asked, why, why, why does He not stop all these horrors in the world? He could, if He wanted to. When will it all end?  God did answer Habakkuk and even told him to write down this message in stone:

Habakkuk 2:3-4: “Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in the coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed. And this is the message: ‘Those who are evil will not survive, but those who are righteous will live because they are faithful to God.” [Good News Bible]

It became clear to  me that all my efforts, and those of others who help the needy, and desperate, will not be in vain. Righteousness will triumph, as long as we remain faithful.

This morning, this came to me (don’t ask me how), I just thought of the book and the verse for some reason:

Ephesians 2:10:God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.” [Good News Bible]

Believe it or not, I Googled it, just to see what will happen. By the miracle of the internet I discovered the image below.

My answer then, remains the same as always: STAY FAITHFUL AND SERVE. It wasn’t a mystery after all.

We are all in this world together and, by our own choice, we can either DO SOMETHING or DO NOTHING to make it a better place. We can also say that it is futile, the world is lost already and that poverty and suffering is just part of life. You can say you refuse to waste our own energy, time and resources on somebody else. It is YOUR CHOICE.

Let me tell you something, to DO NOTHING, makes you more part of the evil in the world than you care to know. Ignorance will not save you. On judgment day, will you tell God that you didn’t know? You can try, but I don’t think He’ll fall for it. As human beings we are compelled to help others, as Christians we are commanded to do so. Claiming you don’t believe means NOTHING to me. You are part of the human race, no matter what you believe. And it is your responsibility to the species to reach out to those in peril.

So, are you with me? Are we going to stand firm against poverty and suffering against all odds?  I’ve chosen to speak up, to DO SOMETHING. My work, however insignificant, WILL continue, I will keep on trying to save the world one person at a time and through it all I will stand strong in faith in the Lord, whom I serve.

You see, I’ve received my answer from God. I’ve always known I am to lead a life of service. ‘Stay faitful and serve’, that’s what I will keep on doing.

* Scripture quotes: YouVersion Bible App

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