From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin
In my opinion, one of the great literary contributions to our world is “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
One of the things this young Jewish girl said in her diary during Nazi-occupied Netherlands was this: “How great is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
I have observed that many take a “wait and see” approach when it comes to reaching out to others in need.
We may hear of a good cause or the plight of someone in need and wonder what is being done about it.
“If they still need some funds by next week I’ll write them a cheque” we say.
Or, “I want to get all the facts before I wonder what I signed up for” we rationalize.
Sure, we don’t want to be hasty and unwise, but there are times when you just have to decide to make the first move.
Only then will others see your lead and jump on board.
When a crowd of 5,000 men, besides women and children, were needing to be fed, the disciples wanted Jesus to deal with the situation.
His response is recorded in Mark 6:37: “YOU give them something to eat.”
In the original Greek language of the New Testament, the clear emphasis is on the word ‘you.’
They didn’t have much to work with (just 5 small barley loaves and 2 fish) but they got going with what they had and the rest, they say is history.
Jesus took it from there and in the end He even had a basket of leftovers for every single one of His disciples.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and start improving the world!