I get a little frustrated when I read articles on social media where someone is complaining about an injustice in the world and they make the statement, “WE can’t allow this to happen! WE must stand up for our rights! WE must do …………”
Oh yeah? Well exactly what is it that you think WE are supposed to do?
There are so many problems in the world. How can I hope to have an impact? There is only so much time I can invest into the situation! I am only me; what could I possibly achieve on my own? There’s only so much you can do, right?
Or is there?
That’s when I am humbled by a story about a 4-year-old girl who wanted to create change in her world, so she started a lemonade stand.
In the article entitled Sweet Lemonade, Mike Curry recounts a story about Alex Scott who in the year 2000 wanted to raise money for cancer research.
Alex was born in Manchester, Conn. on Jan. 18, 1996. Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. She underwent an estimated 60 rounds of chemotherapy during her life. After a stem-cell transplant in 2000, she decided that she wanted to open a lemonade stand to raise money for doctors to “help other kids, like they helped me.”
I was really proud of her that she wanted to do something to help others. I thought it was kind of cute, but I didn’t think she would really have an impact,” Liz Scott said. “I thought it was cute that she thought a lemonade stand would make a difference.
Her first lemonade stand raised $2,000, but over the next few years Alex Scott’s inspirational story garnered local and then national attention. Alex raised the bar when in 2004 she stated publicly her goal to raise $1-million.
Alex Scott died in August 2004. That year Alex’s Lemonade Stand raised approximately $1.5-million. Since 2005, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised more than $100-million to fund 475 childhood cancer research projects at 102 top hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and Canada.
What started out as a single stand outside of her Connecticut home grew into a national horse-racing phenomenon in 2005, the year after Alex died. Her dream continues today as a charity named Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
There’s only so much you can do, right?
Please read the whole article here – be sure and watch the video at the end.
When I look at myself and think I am powerless to change the world, I am reminded of who is inside me. God has specifically promised to never leave or desert me. And he has gone one step further …… one GIANT step further. He has left a piece of himself – His Spirit.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
“………. 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, ……….20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…….”
As I raise my mug today, I encourage you to be aware of the power that is at your disposal. Never be led to think “There is nothing you can do.”