Whatever We Can

20 Jun

“My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”  ~ President Jimmy Carter

You can argue with the man all you want.  You may like his politics, you may not like his politics.  You may think he was a good president, you may not think he was a good president.  All of that is open for debate.  However, there is one thing that I do not believe anyone can argue against:  President Carter certainly allowed — and allows — his faith to inform his decisions.  Whether they were popular or not, he always tried to act as his faith prompted.

We ALL need to do whatever we can, wherever we are, whenever we can, for as long as we can with whatever God has given to us in order to make a difference to the life of another and to our world.  Why?  Our faith demands it of us.

Yes.  Jesus calls us to faithfulness and trust.  He calls us to continue the mission that He led while among us on earth.  He has blessed us with many examples of how to treat others.  The Holy Spirit gives us great and wonderful gifts to use for the benefit of others.  If we share what we have received, the world will always be a better place.

So, what stops so many people from doing what needs to be done?  Is it vanity?  Is it selfishness?  Is it ignorance?  I’m not sure.  I would think that they know what their faith expects of them.  I would hope that they would find joy in giving of their gifts to others.  I just wish I could find the ultimate encouragement for others so that they would open up and experience what it feels like to be a blessing in the life of another person.

FAITH ACTION:  You heard the man:  do whatever you can for whomever you can today.  Do it in the name of the Lord.