This past weekend we had an opportunity to join up with another ministry in our area to support efforts to provide fresh drinking water to the residents of Flint, Michigan.
What an honor, to come to the aid of thousands of individuals who have received the short end of the stick due to the gross neglect by the powers at be.
As a small church plant, I knew good and well that we would not be able to supply 1 million bottles of water or maybe even a fraction of that in one weekend. I mean we could, but it was unlikely.
Should that have stopped us? Absolutely not. We wanted to do something. It didn’t matter how much or how little. Our church's heart beat is to making a difference in our community, region and world. So we committed to do just that.
Unfortunately this is not what generally happens.
Most people are hindered by their perceived inability to make a marked difference. Can you blame them? Let’s use the current situation with Flint. If you look on social media or in the news, you’ll find wealthy individuals who are taking semi-truck loads of water to Flint.
Seeing this it would be easy to say, “why should we get involved?” or “we won't even put a drop in the bucket!”
Have these sort of thoughts ever crossed your mind? Have you ever looked at a situation and thought you simply didn’t have the capacity to make a significant impact? You are not alone. Most of us allow scale to hinder our ability. I want to share this simple fact: capacity is not determined by your size or the size of the need.
Our generosity is not measured by the magnitude of our gift but the genuineness of our gesture.
Luke 21:1-4 tells us about a certain woman who was in the midst of some huge givers. Each individual contributed their large financial offerings, while this woman gave only a few pennies.
Jesus, seeing beyond the pious veneer, saw the heart behind their gift. He turned to his friends and shared that the woman’s gift was worth much more than that of the others.
What does this tell us?
Capacity is less motivated by resources as it is by opportunity.. We can’t let our size, resources, skills or fear hinder our ability to do something. Opportunity should always be our motivator.
As the weekend approaches take the time to think about what opportunities are available for you to step into. Your commitment to contribute might mean more than you could have imagined.