What You Can

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  — Theodore Roosevelt

Do you ever wish you could make a difference in the world? You can!

Do you ever wish you had the wherewithal to further a good cause? You have!

Do you ever wish you had more time to help? You do!

Do you ever think you’ll be better equipped, have more time and disposable income in the future? Why wait for a day that might not come?

Take Teddy Roosevelt’s words to heart and start doing what you can. The resources you have at hand may not seem like much, but when they are combined with the small bits and pieces that others can share the result may be more than you could imagine. If the problems of the world seem far away from where you live, start locally. Share garden produce, help a neighbor, tutor a child, encourage a friend. You do not have to travel very far at all to make a difference in the lives of others. In fact, you can start by picking up the phone or writing a note to someone.

Tomorrow is promised to no one. Today is a gift. Share the gift. Share the love. Be a part of the healing of the world one smile, one dollar, and one day at a time. Who knows what amazing opportunities may present themselves to you if you will only take that first small step into the abundant life of thank-living and thanks-giving.

Challenge: An Immediate Need We Can Help Meet Together

Still don’t believe you can make a difference? How would you like to help a college become a university in Tanzania?

Pastors Amani, John, and Anne are involved in the effort to raise computers for the university.

Check out tech4tanzania.org. This is the amazing story of how one couple heard of a need, acted out of abundance rather than scarcity, and with the help of many people are making a dream come true for students and faculty in this African nation. Imagine the ripple effect of teachers earning their degrees from an accredited university and teaching children who will then go on to productive careers and educational pursuits of their own.

The immediate need is additional funds to ship 100 Pentium 4 computers and books to the Southern Highlands University in Mbeya, Tanzania. The shipping is already arranged for the middle of July, so the need is immediate. I can also send you a list of books and textbooks needed for their library.The link to donate is found in the right hand column on the tech4tanzania blog. If you’d prefer, send checks to St. Paul Lutheran Church with ‘tech4tanzania’ in the memo, at this address:

St. Paul Lutheran Church

6839 Wertzville Road

Enola, PA 17025

Yep, we can make a dream come true. Will you join me?

Photos by espensorvik and tech4tanzania used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!

8 responses to “What You Can

  1. Yes, Lets say, I can. I like the phrase, ( A better world begins with me!) We feel sometimes that we can’t do much with our little. But our little with others can make much!

  2. This is a great idea!! Asante sane (thank you Very Much!) : )

  3. Thanks for posting this story. It is close to my heart and surely touched by the hand of God. Asante sane

    • Thanks for reading the story, Randolph. It is truly amazing what we can do in community. I am reminded of Paul’s words to the church at Corinth about supporting the church in Jerusalem: For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have (2 Corinthians 8:12). The “little gifts” of many can do a lot of good when shared with joy.

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