By George Gano
Do what you can
Mother Teresa used to say that she did not add; she subtracted—and she was not talking about arithmetic skills. You’ll never win at the game of measuring the success of service in numbers, she was pointing out. The total of those in need will always outrun your efforts to catch up with it. Though her Missionaries of Charity have helped hundreds of thousands—perhaps millions—of people, they cannot reach everyone. If, however, you see, as she did, every person to whom you give aid to be another person subtracted from the mass of suffering, the numbers game changes—especially if you consider each one of them to be a child of God. In trying to feed the world’s hungers, you don’t have to do everything, but you can do something.
This is exactly the direction I am being moved to. But to further explain:
If you have the job of cleaning a 3-story house and look at the task in front of you, it can be daunting. But if you can specialize in the kitchen and work together with many others who specialize in other rooms, the job seems much more manageable.
And even more important, if you can trust the others to do their part, and they can trust you to do your part, and you can resist the urge to tell each other how to do the others' jobs, you are much more likely to get the job done more efficiently and effectively.
Are you paying attention pro-lifers?