Let's all do something.

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?"

1 John 3:17

It didn't really hit me till I watched Oprah's coverage of Katrina's disaster. When it hit me, it hit me hard.

It occurred to me: most of us could get rid of a third of the clothes in our closets and never miss them. Based on this, I was getting all ramped up about a campaign in our church to send a truck load of clothes to hard-hit areas. I dug around the Internet and found church that could use a truck full of clothes. I even had in mind to use the stage of our church as a collection place for the clothes--just as a visual reminder of the campaign.  Then, we read in the paper where there are a couple of others who have arranged transportation, and it seemed smarter to just cooperate with what they are doing.

Perhaps you could organize a campaign like this in your church. Call it the "Third of your closet" campaign. Perhaps there is something else you could do.

Here is the point: we can all do something. Let's all do something. Let's don't just sit there and watch the news and shake our heads. Let's all do something. We can't all do the same things. We can't all do the same amount. But, we can all do something. Let's all do something. 

My Father-in-law is taking a week off to go to Louisiana to help with construction. He is gifted along those lines. It is something he can do. He coordinated through the North American Mission Board's disaster relief organization. www.namb.net/disasterrelief That may or may not be something you can do, but we can all do something.

I have sent some money and will send some more. Money spends. Money helps. It is something I can do. We can all do something.

I have had 5 churches so far cancel meetings because or Katrina. One of them, in Picayune Mississippi told me they have turned their church in to a shelter. They have already fed more than 27,000 people. The storm went right over their town and it is a particularly hard-hit area. It is something they can do. It is not easy. But it is something they can do. We can all do something.

Come to think of it, this reminds me of a great question John Ortberg poses: Can you think of a time when God ever called someone to do something and then said, "And good news--this is going to be a walk in the park. It won't be hard at all. It won't push you, stretch you or cause you any discomfort." I can't think of any times.

The North American Mission Board has a plan where churches can adopt a church in affected areas. Maybe that is something your church can do. We can all do something.

I suspect this message is falling on responsive people-probably people who have already done something. I'd like you to do one more thing--pass this message along. Talk it up in your Sunday School class. Let's get all hands on deck. "Many hands lighten the load," my Dad used to say. Hold their feet to the fire. Go around the room and ask each person to share one thing you could do.

I'd invite you to make this your lesson for the week. In fact, part of my "something" was to write a lesson to help you. It is free and ready to use at http://www.joshhunt.com/something.htm

I look at images of the Astro dome and find myself thinking, "If I were a famous singer, I'd go and entertain those people, just to lift their spirits." I understood Rick Warren spoke to them the other night. If I were Oprah, I'd give them a two hour talk on how we can make it through the storms of life. I understand Oprah has been through a few storms herself. I could go on and on thinking about what I could do if I were a famous person. But, I am not a famous person. What I need to think about what I can do. There is always the temptation to spend time thinking of what we would do if we were someone else rather than thinking about what I can do.

In addition to material things and money, people need love. They need to be listened to. They need us to offer the hospitality. They need a hug. Maybe it is something you can do.

Refugees are spreading out across the whole country. We have some here in Las Cruces, New Mexico. You may have some in your town as well. Love them in Christ's name. Maybe that is something you can do. Maybe not. It is OK. But, let's all find something to do.

There is a lot of talk  in the news about the idea that the government did not do enough, or did not do it quickly enough. I don't know if it is true or not. I know it is a huge area of devastation--some 900,000 square miles. It is not surprising that it would take a while to get help to all those areas. I hope the next story is not about what the government did or did not do. I hope it is what people--especially God's people--did do. We can all do something.

There is much that we can't do. Thousands of lives have been lost. No amount of money or work or love will bring them back. But, there is much we can do. Let's all do what we can do. Let's all do something.