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I get so down about all of the stuff happening around the world. Sometimes I wish I could do more to help. – Feeling Helpless

Dear Feeling Helpless,

I completely understand this feeling. Sometimes I wish that I could take a magic wand and wipe away all of the world’s tears, fears, and hunger, including my own. Christ gives us compassion for others so that we can pray and help.

Understand the role of suffering

It’s interesting that when we think about how God feels about our hurt, we know that He feels it more than we do. If we look at His answer to our hurt we find that He didn’t wipe away our frustrations, instead He sent His Son to identify with them and experience His own trials here on Earth while walking amongst us. He bore our sins so we would not have to walk in condemnation; however, He did not prevent us from hurting and suffering. I think this says something about how we should deal with suffering. Instead of wishing it away because it makes us feel uncomfortable we should embrace it. Through suffering we need Him; otherwise, we might not ever call upon Him.

Keep perspective

Don’t get depressed. To avoid this you might not want to continually watch the news because the stories and the way they are presented on television can be very depressing and hopeless. Remind yourself that Christ has come to the world to provide hope.

Be proactive

Don’t take on the perspectives of this world by thinking everyone is hopeless. Realize that Christ provides hope to those in our world who suffer. He wants to use you to be His hands and feet, but He will direct you to specific areas and opportunities in which you may be effective. You are only one person. Christ has put you in a place of influence where you are. If He puts a call on your heart for missions then He will open the doors when you pursue that call. However, right now He can use you in huge ways to help your family, friends, school, and community. Just think of how the world would be different if everyone committed to making their friends and family their mission.

Never underestimate the power of prayer

Prayer sets actions in motion. Think of it as a powerful force. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (NIV) To combat evils of this world, fight supernaturally by talking to God on behalf of others.

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