Or should I say, "Giving it up"?
The Apostle Mark, author of the Gospel account bearing his name, records an event (8:1-10) in which several thousand people have followed Jesus in a remote area for three days and are now without food. This is similar to the well-known "feeding of the 5,000," but is not the same event (see vv. 17-20).
Again, the disciples were perplexed, even though they had seen the Master feed 5,000 men (plus women and children (Matthew 14:21) with only five loaves and two fish. Where could they possibly even hope to find food for another 4,000 men?! Where, indeed!
Jesus asked, "How many loaves do you have?"
In Matthew's account of the first major feeding we know of, He had told the disciples not to send the people away, but to "give them something to eat."
"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
"Bring them here to me."
"How many loaves do you have?" "Bring them here to me." What can you bring to the table?
Maybe He neither expects nor requires us to do what is clearly impossible, but only to do whatever we can to meet the need. To feed the hungry. To clothe the naked. To curb our spending. To give back to Him out of all that He has given to us. The only hard part for Him, I think, is to persuade us to give, or to do, what we can.
"One person can't change the world." No, but one person can change the world for someone. One person can make a positive difference somewhere. And all of us, working together, can make a great difference, for the good of many people, here at home and around the world. All we have to do is what we can do; He will do the rest.