Are You Doing What You Can with What You Have?

When you look at the world in utter chaos right now, you can feel helpless and hopeless. That is why it is so important to live within your “Circle of Influence”. What is that?

Well, if you were to draw a small circle, then another larger one around it, you would have two circles. The smaller one is your circle of influence, the other is your circle of concern.

The circle of influence is something you can do something about.

The circle of concern is those things you cannot do anything about. This becomes your circle of prayer.

There is a great example of someone in the Bible whose circle of influence was minuscule, and it was about to disappear altogether. She was in a desperate situation, and yet made a major difference with the little she had when she put it into the hands of God!

Let us read 1 Kings 17:8-16

“Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.’ So, he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, ‘Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.’ And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, ‘Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.’ So she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’ And Elijah said to her, ‘Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: “The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.” So, she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”

Isn’t that an amazing story? There is no way that she saw any kind of future for herself, other than her and her son eating their last meal and dying. As a widow, she had no source of income, and no one was helping her.

But God saw her and gave her an opportunity to give to Him what she had so He could do something miraculous with it.

He will do the same for you.

What do you have in your hand right now that you could use for God? What talent, skill, influence, or extra time do you have that could make a difference in someone else’s life?

Do not focus on what you cannot do, concentrate on what you can do.

If you will do this, it will decrease your stress and increase your influence for the kingdom of God!

John