It’s clear every battle is not ours to fight. We have our own talents and abilities, and limited time and resources to accomplish what God has uniquely called us to do. At the same time, we can still offer our support to many noble causes when we ourselves cannot be on the front lines.
Of course, we enjoy being on the front lines and making an impact for good. But we quickly spread ourselves too thin and ineffective when we try to do it all.
We must first discover what is ours to own. What battle has God called us to fight?
All too often we neglect the work God has given us by trying to be helpful to others. And certainly, we should help whenever we get the chance, but not to the point of abandoning our own calling.
We’re in a better position to help others once our work is squared away first. And we can then support them generously without deserting our call.
And, to be fair, there are times in which this support becomes our calling.
For instance, we might not have the gift or ability to speak directly into certain spiritual issues, social dilemmas, or relational concerns. But we are able to pray for, encourage, and perhaps treat to lunch those who do.
Just because we cannot do everything doesn’t mean we cannot do something.
And while we don’t get to desert our calling, we don’t get to ignore the work of others either. We’re all working together as part of God’s larger story.
We neglect our role when we’re too distracted trying to help others. But part of our role is to support others as well.
In the end, remain true to all God has called you to do. And faithfully support those who have the talent, ability, and time to do what you cannot.