I first posted this on my blog about eight months ago. I’m reposting it for two reasons: 1) We were challenged as Compassion Bloggers as to Why we do what we do – writing for Compassion or sponsoring children; 2) We all need the reminder – that every effort we can give is not in vain. These children are well worth it.
Enough. It’s a tricky word. It implies a limit, a goal reached, or the end of effort. Yes, it can also simply mean that the effort is not in vain.
It’s in the murky waters of that last attribute that we lose ourselves. Am I doing enough? Do my efforts make a difference? Does any of it even matter?
And, often, we don’t see the tangible results of our efforts to answer any of those questions. We don’t see the progress against the challenge. We don’t see any hope against an overwhelming problem.
We give up. Either we stop our efforts that seem so trivial and fruitless, or we don’t begin them in the first place. What does it matter, anyway?
I’m one person. My little effort doesn’t make a difference.
I’m here to tell you that every little effort does make a difference. A world of difference. Especially when it comes to the overwhelming problem of childhood and global poverty.
I’ve written about the tangible changes that Compassion International’s efforts are making in the fight against childhood poverty, efforts that it can only do with the help of those who think they have “little” to offer. Those little efforts are making incredible changes in the world around us.
If you need a refresher, you can read about these tangible efforts in these reblogs:
- Reblog: It’s Easier to Change a Life Than You Think
- Reblog:The Making of a Role Model
- Compassion Wednesday Reblog: I Want to Be a Firefighter!
These are efforts that started small and had enormous results. One little effort changed a life, changed a community, changed a world.
Your little effort can do the same.
If I haven’t been clear enough, I don’t believe in “little” efforts. There are no “little” efforts.
Every effort you make is a colossal blow against childhood and global poverty.
What now? What do you do now?
See that picture at the top of the post? Click on it. Go ahead.
If you click on it, you will be given the unbelievable opportunity to change one child’s life.
One child, One community, One World.
Do it. Your efforts will not be in vain.
And if scrolling to the top isn’t your cup of tea, I’ll put it right here for you, too.
While submissions for my Compassion Book Project are closed now, keep your eyes open for more news. I’ll be plugging away to make sure this is a great book, and I’ll let you know when the launch will happen. I might even have some news or information regarding some fundraising to help with editorial costs (if I choose to get some professional editorial help – might be a good idea) and for first print run costs (to help with marketing). Remember, 100% of all royalties will go to Compassion International.
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