Freedom to do Something


“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.” -Oscar RomeroIt can be tempting to turn off our awareness of the needs of the poor, the needs of our neighbors. It can feel overwhelming to consider the heartache of an orphan, the trauma of a conflict zone, the desperateness of disease. It can feel like a burden that is too heavy to carry. What difference would one act of love make when compared to the vast and complex issues of poverty? The need can feel so overwhelming that the temptation can be to turn your face.

But the truth is, you cannot do everything. We cannot do everything. When I free myself from the pressure to rescue the world, I can enter into a place of freedom. Freedom to do something. Freedom to realize that I can’t do it all, but I can do something. It isn’t my job to carry the burden of the world. Once I release this false burden, I see simple steps I can take that no longer seem as heavy.

Arc Solutions isn’t the answer to address every need of the poor in conflict zones. We can’t do everything. But we can do something, and we can do that to our best ability. Even the job that I have as staff at Arc Solutions, is only a simple piece of the team. There are so many other pieces that make this possible. It is a volunteer taking the time to stuff envelopes. It is the woman who gives $20 a month. It is the Somali Operator who makes sure the purification system is running well. I encourage you to throw off the pressure to carry all the weight on your shoulders. In that release may you be empowered to take a step that is on your heart that you may resonate with Oscar Romero’s quote that we can’t do everything, but together we can do something, and we can do it well.

-Holly Tonnesen