When one is observant in any big city, it is easy to be overwhelmed by people. They are everywhere! They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors. They appear powerful and weak, physically, mentally, and economically. Each has a story. Each has the potential to make a difference. Each is more than what one see.
Even in Singapore, as relatively small and contained as it is, I find myself overwhelmed. There are individuals with endless talent, creativity, and intellect! They have experiences that I cannot even imagine. When one thinks of their journey, filled with languages, cultures, and learning, one, at least I, feels very small. What difference can I make in this mass? Is it possible to do what seems impossible?
In a recent conversation I used the reference of dye and water. A small amount changes everything. A single drop creates something others can see. For good or worse, we touch the lives of others. We are the difference, at least the power within us is.
I did not think of the color of the dye when I was talking. As I close my eyes and remember, I realize that my imagination had recorded a blackish impact. In that instance, the force was negative. What would be the color of good? Pink, red, yellow, greed, purple, or blue? Perhaps it would be white.
The reason to doubt has been around for centuries. The reason is simple; life is overwhelming. The challenges are endless. The needs and opportunities extend beyond our reach and often our imagination. Effectiveness will require more than what is within you or I.
David struggled with the question. In his case, he realized that we are never the power behind the solution; we deliver the solution to those in need. He rhetorical notes give us the answer; “Is there anyone around to save Israel? Yes. God is around; God turns life around. Turned-around Jacob skips rope, turned-around Israel sings laughter.” (Psalm 14.7)
We have an invitation that asks us to make a choice and engage. It is our opportunity.