I can’t save children from being killed 2500 miles away, but I can comfort those in my community who are scared to go to school.
I can’t feed all the starving and hungry in Asia, but I can donate canned food to feed the hungry students from poor families at the local high school.
I can’t give homes to all the homeless in Appalachia, but I can shelter a few homeless here in Phoenix.
I can’t stop corrupt cops in Chicago, but I can cook Christmas dinner for the police officers here in Mountain View Precinct and build bridges between them and the community.
I can’t counsel every soldier returning from war with PTSD, but I can help get groceries for the soldier’s wife down the street while he is away at war, so he doesn’t have one more stress.
I can’t save the elderly woman who froze to death in her New York apartment last week because she had no heat, but I can visit the shut-in down the street and help her pay her electric bill.
I can’t stop the hurt and anger caused by that Kansas church picketing funerals, but I can build relationships with people who have a different lifestyle than I do.
I can’t stop every abortion, but I can adopt an unwanted child in this city.
I can’t stop racism in Mississippi, but I can ensure that my group of friends have lots of different skin colors and cultural backgrounds.
I can’t fix the political question of illegal immigration, but I can get to know the pastor of the Hispanic church that meets locally.
I can’t save the girl who just committed suicide, but I can befriend the teens in our area who are bullied and teach my kids to do the same.
I can’t fix the partisan politics of our system, but I can educate myself as a voter and actively vote for what is right in each situation and not necessarily what a specific party tells me to vote for.
I can’t medicate everyone dying of HIV/AIDS in Africa, but I can hold the hand of an HIV patient whose friends have abandoned him here at the hospice.
I can’t save the world, but I can live out my faith locally, demonstrating God’s word through meeting the practical needs of those around me.
I can’t waste time waiting for someone else to change the world, but I can get started making a difference by becoming the change in my corner of the world.
I can’t do all these things by myself, but I can invite you to help too.
All solutions are grass roots and must start locally. The seed is planted in you, now what will you do with it?