Right Where You Are

My whole life, I’ve believed that I needed to get somewhere and to achieve something in order to fulfill some sort of grandiose plan. No matter how hard I tried, I was never getting “there” because “there” kept moving, and it left me very disoriented. Only recently have I truly begun to understand that my value isn’t determined by what I do. At the end of my life, my personal achievements won’t be what was most important to the rest of the world. It’s the “how” more than the “what” that will make all the difference.

That idea is both liberating and frustrating at the same time. If my self-worth isn’t measured by accomplishments, then why try? Why work so hard if it isn’t going to matter?

It does matter — just not in the way we usually think. When my life is about the how instead of the what, I can become more outward-focused, looking for opportunities to help the world around me. It’s how we were made. We need each other. And when we focus on our own needs, the problems become bigger and our worlds become smaller until all we see are our own problems. That’s not a “how” that I want to live.

I want to live a “how” where I’m willing to admit my weaknesses to get help from others, and where I live out my God-given strengths to help. In doing so, I will have to have ambition. I will have to be confident enough in my calling to be assertive and to take risks.

But it doesn’t require that I “go” somewhere. My neighbors need help as much as I do, and I can give assistance to people around the world from my home. Not that people 300 or 3,000 miles away don’t need help, too. But it’s a start.

I can help from here.

You can help right where you are.

You just have to know two answers:

  1. How can you help someone? (What are your strengths?)
  2. What help do you need?