In this section of scripture, we read about how Jesus healed a woman that suffered for twelve years with a discharge of blood, restored a girl to life, healed two blind men, healed a man unable to speak, taught in the synagogues, and proclaimed the gospel. We also learn Jesus felt compassion for the crowds, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.
The section ends with Jesus saying, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)
There is so much suffering in the world, it’s easy for me to get discouraged and feel like I can never make a difference. However, I can do my best to help those in my sphere of influence and pray for God to send help to those I will never encounter.
I can’t bring peace to the world, but I can promote peace in my home.
I can’t stop the destruction of our planet, but I can change my behavior to promote cleanliness and responsible consumption.
I can’t feed all the hungry people in the world, but I can help my local food bank.
I can’t talk to everyone I encounter and ask them what they need, but I can hold the door open, give a complement, or do other acts of kindness that will brighten their day.
To sum it up: I can’t do everything, but I can do something.