Sometimes being on the Internet can be an overwhelming experience.
I get on Facebook and see that different people need prayer. So I try to pray for them. Then I start reading blogs and I see different articles that are sad and sobering. A man in Afghanistan is going to be executed for his faith. Abortion has reached new, sickening levels. The United States government is trying to pass laws that could potentially thwart the gospel. A little girl has cancer and needs prayer. A ministry needs more support. Sex trafficking is spiraling out of control.
Many of the blogs and articles contain appeals for help.
What am I supposed to do with all this? I want to pray, to help, to do something. But I’m limited, and I’ve got lots of friends in my own church who are also in tough situations too. That’s why being on the Internet can be a guilt-inducing experience for me. I suddenly become aware of all that I’m not doing.
I think Galatians 6:10 is a helpful verse in this regard.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
God calls me to do good, as I have opportunity. I am not called to meet every need. I’m not called to solve every problem. I serve a big God who is powerful enough to run the world without me. I’m simply called to do good as I have opportunity. And the reality is, I’m surrounded by opportunities to do good. There’s always someone in my church who is sick, or needs prayer, or needs counsel. The opportunities to serve the Lord are there. I don’t need to feel guilty about all the things that I’m not able to do. I’m simply called to be faithful to the opportunities that God has given me.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed about all that you’re not doing, don’t freak out. Simply pray and ask God to help you see what opportunities you should be taking advantage of. You can’t do everything. Only God can.