Do you sometimes feel the fatigue that I have felt recently surrounding the disasters of the last couple months? The hurricanes damaging Houston, Florida, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The earthquake in Mexico. The mass shooting in Las Vegas. The wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. The explosion of opioid addition. It’s a lot to absorb.
Recently, I was speaking for a group at a church about Five Talents. The same morning there was a compelling presentation from a local group that does a great job helping homeless and low-income families. I tried to think about how our audience would/could prioritize the things they heard from both our organizations: many challenges; many opportunities.
So, how should we prioritize? Should we support our neighbors nearby or expand our sense of who our Christian neighbors are? How did Paul challenge the early believers 2,000 years ago (the Corinthians, the Colossians, the Philippians, etc.) when he asked them to send money to people they had never seen in Jerusalem?
My wife, Lynn, and I try to look at the challenges a little differently. We feel the fatigue, too. We sense there are more challenges than we can address. But we would rather give up something else than to choose between helping our brothers and sisters close to home and our brothers and sisters around the world.
Until next Monday morning, blessings,
Executive Director, Five Talents USA