Daily we’re encouraged to offer our strength to many good causes – causes that often desperately need help and attention.
And it feels wrong not to pour ourselves into these important matters. But it’s here much wisdom and discernment is needed.
Of course we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to our neighbor in need. But being a Good Samaritan to someone wounded is not the same as becoming a doctor.
While there are many sick and injured people who still need care, not everyone is called to enter the medical profession.
And if we spend all our energy fighting to meet the legitimate medical needs of others, little is left for the unique battles God has called us to.
This discernment is nothing new.
For example, the Apostles acknowledged the need to serve the widows who were being discriminated against. But they also stayed committed to their first duty of teaching the word of God and not allowing themselves to get distracted by running a food program.
Staying focused on our battlefront is not to suggest other issues are unimportant. It’s simply how we own our part in advancing the larger good.
We can acknowledge and support many worthy causes without leaving the battle we’ve been called to.
However, this requires us to get clear on our battlefront so we can lovingly offer the gift of no to others.
Support others whenever you can. But remember not every battle is yours to fight. Stay focused on the mission God has given you.