A friend and I were talking on Saturday and she said something so deeply impactful and true without even realizing its significance. We were talking about a volunteer event that she was attending that afternoon where she didn’t know anybody. She said, “I’m just going to get in where I fit in.” It was so profound that I stopped her and said, “Get in where you fit in. Do you know how deep that is?!”
I cannot tell you the number of times people have asked me how they can get involved. Whether it be in regards to anti-human trafficking work, assisting with the issue of homelessness, etc., it all starts with this simple principle. In an age where we are the self-entitled “I-have-rights” generation always looking for the next Instagram-worthy post (guilty as charged), we sometimes miss the forest through the trees. We grew up on “You-too-can-be-great” motivational speeches and workshops. As a result, many of us have set out on such a lofty endeavor to change the world but we have missed the fact that the most simple, ordinary, and usually, humbling acts are the most loving.
Furthermore, it is easy to despair over the state of the affairs globally. We all know that if we watch the news for any length of a time in a day that it can be somewhat depressing. The needs are overwhelming. It’s like trying to eat an elephant in one bite. However, the greatest people in history knew of this simple guiding principle of doing what you can where you are with what you’ve got. Take Mother Teresa, for example, who said,
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
[Read “Get in where you fit in.”]
It’s just that simple.
It’s like God dropped this nugget of truth on my lap to sum up the season of life that I’m in right now. I’m in a state of transition. I can tell that a shift is coming, so I’ve joked with my friends that I wished that God would give me the cheat codes to this level in life so that I could move on to the next. Haha. It’s like I’ve been tripping over the simple trying to get to the greater!
The best that any of us can ever do is to not give up or grow weary in doing good. Often times, that looks differently than we imagined. Freedom fighting, as you know, is not for the faint at heart. It is long-suffering. It’s love that comes with boots and its game face on.
So, be encouraged, freedom fighters. Get in where you fit in. That may mean carrying around water bottles in your purse or backpack to give to a person who is without housing. Or that could mean signing up to volunteer at an event that you’ve been meaning to sign up to do. Or it could be going online to donate to an organization/church that you’ve been putting off doing. Whatever your thing is, just get in where you fit in.