Recently I was attending a session of “Leadership Fairbanks,” a program where a panel of local business people were up front sharing their experiences and answering questions. A great deal of wisdom was shared but one story stood out. A young woman who owned an Italian restuarant downtown shared an incident from her childhood. She had lived on the East Coast of the U.S. as a little girl, very close to the beach. I think she said she was 5 at the time and had heard the adults talking about all the pollution at their once beautiful beaches. She decided that she would help, so without telling anyone, she left the house on her own and walked to the beach with a bar of soap. When she got there she threw her bar of soap into the ocean “to help clean things up.” I love childlike simplicity don’t you? She knew she couldn’t do alot but she could do something. Is it just me or are most of us coming down with a bad case of compassion fatigue? We hear about thousands dying daily from starvation, or the homeless issue, or pollution, all problems that no individual can completely fix. Let’s remember that just because we can’t do everything each of us can do something.
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister