Faith… one step at a time

The Covington News - - OPINION - Rev. Jan McCoy is the as­so­ciate pas­tor of Cov­ing­ton First United Methodist Church in down­town Cov­ing­ton. She may be reached at jan.mccoy@ngumc.net.

Je­sus said, “I as­sure you that if you have faith the size of a mus­tard seed, you could say to this moun­tain, ‘Go from here to there,’ and it will go. There will be noth­ing that you can’t do.”

Matthew 17:20b (Com­mon English Bi­ble)

Have you ever dreamt that you could fly? Or do phe­nom­e­nal feats of dar­ing? When I was a lit­tle girl, my cousin and I would play, run­ning around the yard and the neigh­bor­hood, pre­tend­ing that we were su­per­heroes.

I also re­mem­ber tak­ing bed sheets and jumping from the porch onto the ground, pre­tend­ing that I was a com­mando drop­ping be­hind en­emy lines. Yes, we had vivid imag­i­na­tions!

Was it so far-fetched, though? Of course, nei­ther of us had su­per­hero capes or pow­ers, but we have both grown up in a world that needs our help. Some­how, in gain­ing an “adult per­spec­tive,” have we lost that in­no­cent be­lief that we could do all things that needed to be done?

This week, I met with a per­son in this com­mu­nity who is ac­tively liv­ing out that “su­per­hero” life. Sev­eral years ago, God put a pas­sion for feed­ing hun­gry chil­dren in her heart, and with­out know­ing where it would lead, she be­lieved God would give her what she needed to meet the task.

With God’s help, a lot of work, and a lot of vol­un­teers, now many hun­gry chil­dren in the county get hot meals dur­ing sum­mer months when school is not in ses­sion.

A few weeks ago, God put a pas­sion in the hearts of a few vol­un­teers, and they asked ques­tions, got an­swers and be­came part of the so­lu­tion.

While none of us had the nec­es­sary skills to solve this prob­lem, we prayed, hav­ing faith that God would sup­ply both the wis­dom and the op­por­tu­nity to help.

We might get over­whelmed some­times at the amount of need in the world. When we read the news about starv­ing peo­ple all over the world, we won­der how the lit­tle we can do will even help or make a dif­fer­ence.

But here’s a les­son of th­ese words of Je­sus: We don’t have to solve world hunger, but we have to have faith, and God can use our lit­tle faith to change a life and to make a dif­fer­ence for one per­son. If we each help one per­son, what an im­pact we can make! All it takes is the tiny bit of faith.

We don’t have to be su­per­heroes to solve the world’s prob­lems. We just have to be will­ing to help one per­son. We can all do some­thing.

What need is God giv­ing you a pas­sion to help solve? Will you take the first step and say, “Here I am, Lord. Send me”?

JAN MCCOY COLUM­NIST

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