This morning I woke up with a sinking feeling with one simple phrase running through my head: “I don’t want this responsibility.”
Sometimes the weight of the world gets to us. Sometimes it’s just a touch too much and we start to buckle. If we’re honest with ourselves, we all know that line exists. We’ve seen people break in spectacular ways, and dramatic flame outs and pent up anger have their way of grabbing our attention. Here at ONE the reality of extreme poverty, disease, corruption, and hunger can become too much. What do we say to our neighbors who are running from violence in Nigeria or struggling to access education in refugee camps?
But it’s just at that moment that despair was creeping up on me that my faith mattered most. I had to remember, just like the people of Israel throughout the Old Testament and the rag-tag group of disciples following Jesus, that God empowers us for that which he calls us to do. Whether or not I want this responsibility, God’s given it to me and I can trust God will provide what’s necessary to faithfully fulfill it.
The truth is we’ve all been given a responsibility to speak up for the vulnerable. The question is whether or not we’re going to rely on God’s resources to step up and do our part. Today, I needed those resources—the reality of God’s presence, love, and wisdom. And, if I’m honest, tomorrow I’ll need them too. Because the work of ONE—advocating for an end to extreme poverty—requires stamina and persistence.
“Advocacy is walking with [the vulnerable], isn’t that what Jesus does with us?” That’s the encouragement that Gus Reyes gives in the video above. Today, take a minute and ask yourself: how will you walk with your neighbors in need?