Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Grasping at need: What can we do?
In Uganda, there is need everywhere. If you grasp at all the situations in front of you, you’ll quickly be pulled under. But does that mean we should do nothing? When we feel overwhelmed and underprepared and wrecked by it all, it’s tempting to stop trying.
When three one-year-olds crawl up in your lap in the orphanage, when another one points over the security wall and you wonder if they’re asking you to take them away from there, when an older child looks right in your face and asks you to be her mommy, what can you do?
I can’t support every orphanage, and I can’t adopt every child. But that doesn’t mean I should remain paralyzed in the face of overwhelming need.
One strategy to find your passion? Follow your anger.
When you hear about a situation and it just wrecks you, pay attention. When you learn about an injustice and it really makes you angry, incredulous, for days at a time, you may have found it.
And although grasping your passion might mean you have to pass over other needs, be encouraged. Jesus was a man of sorrows, too. He remained in a constant state of brokenness when he saw our need, and isn’t that the best example to follow?
I found my passion when I learned that 15 women die in childbirth every day in Uganda — and those are just the ones that are reported. Women are dying in childbirth. I still can’t believe it, or understand it, and it makes me really really angry. It shouldn’t happen, ever.
When you’ve followed your anger and found your passion, start by doing just one thing. Research and ask questions and make sure you go about it as ethically as possible, but do something. It may lead to another thing, and another, and you may just find your calling in the process.
Linking with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday. FMF readers, I’m currently blogging my way through Uganda on a mission trip with Mercy for Mamas. Click on the “Honestly Adoption the blog” button to read back through my other posts. Thanks for visiting!