In Matthew West’s song My Own Little World, he concludes that “my own little world is not about me”.
The song provides some deep insight into the soul searching that all of us must do, particularly as Christians, to give of our time and resources in contributing to the welfare of others and the betterment of society as a whole. West reflects on his own blessings “In my own little world it hardly ever rains. I’ve never gone hungry and always felt safe. I got some money in my pocket shoes on my feet”. He then laments, however, that “In my own little world, it’s population me”.
How many of us can truly identify with West? Most of us get so caught up in our day-to-day grind that we forget how blessed we truly are in life while simultaneously neglecting those in need all around us. The reality is, if you’ve got food, shelter to keep you safe, money in your pocket, clothes on your back and shoes on your feet, than you are far more blessed than 90% of the world’s population.
There are so many ways to give back from investing our time in the lives of those at a local homeless shelter, a youth home or a crisis pregnancy center; maybe eventually going as far as a mission’s trip to build houses in a third-world country. So many people just don’t know where to begin when it comes to helping others. One idea is to start with those we see in need every day. While it may not be wise to give a homeless person on the corner money that may end up going towards drugs or alcohol, we can put together care packages for just a few bucks. My wife and I keep a half dozen or so of these care packages in our car made up of a few non-perishable food products and toiletry items in a freezer bag along with bottled water. Not only are we looking out for “the hungry, the thirsty, the needy” as Jesus admonishes us to do in Matthew 25:42-46, we are setting a small example of selflessness for our children to look out for the needs of others.