Empty Your Cup
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
I was talking with a friend the other day about doing something special for a co-worker. As we talked, I was reminded of a session at a recent event given by North Point Community Church Lead Pastor, Andy Stanley. He called it, “Do for one, what you wish you could do for everyone,” because doing for no one what you wish you could do for everyone is detrimental to ministry.
Have you turned on the news lately? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so much need in the world. And as Christians we feel called to help. Between being overwhelmed and the busyness of life that gets in our way, we find ourselves falling into two extremes: burnout – we’re so busy doing everything for everyone we are spread too thin, or checkout – we shut it all out and do nothing for no one. Burnout tends to leave us bitter and checkout tends leave us cynical.
Sometimes we try to be fair and do a little here and there for many. Never be fair. It’s about doing the right thing. God wasn’t fair. Life isn’t fair. Fair isn’t a fruit of the Spirit. Don’t be fair, be engaged!
The Apostle Paul’s letter, written to a group of Christians in Galatians 6:9, talks about how he understands the weariness that comes with caring. Don’t disengage. We can’t be overwhelmed, do it the easy way, or we will miss the opportunity or time God has given us to do something for someone. Over time there is a payoff.
Andy Stanley states:
* go deep rather than wide
* long-term rather than short-term
* go time and not just money
The beauty of “doing for one” will allow you to be engaged rather than disengaged. And when you do for one, you will often do for more than one.
It may not change the world but it will change someone’s world!
I pray you will empty your cup with your one.
Oh good grief, you’ve voice my concern about how I’ve been trying to HELP OTHERS! I get myself in a tizzy thinking I’m not doing enough for EVERYONE, when helping maybe just one individual DEEPLY is so much more productive! Thank you, thank you for articulating what I believe I’ve felt for a very long time….
Being “fair” is a misnomer! it only spreads just enough that it might just make you and the recipient miserable for having only a taste and leaving the feeling of being unfinished!!!!! DEEP – and love deeply!
Hi Janell, I hope you are enjoying the relief and adventure of loving deeply. Can’t wait to hear about it! Blessings, Paige