I was listening to a podcast last week. And the person sharing was encouraging the audience to not allow their perception of “lack of resources” to stand in the way of doing what they could do. He cited the example of George Washington Carver who made a commitment to discover every application of the peanut to life. In the process, he made an incredible discovery that I am amazingly grateful for today…peanut butter!!! The presenter went to share that Carver had no idea that Peanut Butter would be used as a base for Plumpy Nut, an incredible tool to help deal with extreme hunger and malnutrition in the developing world or disaster regions.
I must confess…I often give up “doing what I can” because I don’t like “what I have” or don’t believe it is “enough”. I let my resources dictate what I believe I can do. While resources do create boundaries that I need to be aware of, I often submit and surrender my greatest natural resource – me, my imagination, my creativity, my ingenuity – to a situation that disappoints or frustrates me.
If you are a follower of Jesus (as I am), then we must remember that the same power that conquered the grave of Jesus Christ LIVES IN EACH OF US. And that supernatural resource is involved in enabling and empowering us to “do what we can with what we have”.
Are you letting a lack of resources force you to resign today? Are you giving up too early? Are you underestimating your resourcefulness, imagination, creativity, or ingenuity?
Do what you can…with what you have. Today. Now!