A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem


Brad Mathias explains how many of our world's complex problems can be solved if each of us do for one what we wish we could do for all.

While I listened to the news story about the Australian baseball player gunned down in Oklahoma by three teens because they were bored. I felt the crazy push of a worldwide media storm and pundits weighing in on its cause and offering advice on how to fix things.

So, after 48 hours of stewing, and pausing to take my daughters to college, I’m speaking up. I'm gonna do a brief “soapbox” blog today. Picture me getting up on my soapbox and not quite shouting this out at the world.


It’s simple, time-tested and true. It works for any one who reads this --rich or Poor, big or small, influential or forgotten. It doesn’t matter. Every single reader can join in. You don’t have to buy anything, join a church a club or protest at the courthouse. You don’t have to donate, get a tattoo or dress in a special outfit. In fact this works best if you continue to just be you.

ANSWER: ”What if we simply did for “one” what we wish we could do for all?

Andy Stanley has been preaching this sermon for several years now. When I heard it, I could immediately feel the power of this idea. I have four kids now instead of three because of this idea. DO FOR THE ONE! Reach out, look for a special family, person or project that you know GOD is drawing you toward and take a risk, a small risk, a tiny itsy bitsy dose of uncomfortableness and offer to help. Ask if they would come over for lunch after church or watch a movie, grill out, grab one extra concert ticket or stop by to fix a leaky gutter.

It DOESN’T matter WHAT you decide to do for someone else, it’s just important that you DO!

Our communities, our families our lives are so fractured, so inwardly narcissistic that we rush by and miss the needs and opportunities to be Jesus to those we brush shoulders with every day. A neighbor and friend of a friend, a teacher or a coach… all of us can see who and where and how to act if we look!

Do for the One. I get the push back on the relentless barrage of commercials asking us to help end world hunger, animal cruelty and AIDS. I feel the sting of the guilt everyone else does when a starving African orphan is staring back at me when I switch through the cable channels on TV. I check out mentally when that happens because it’s all TOO BIG, TOO HUGE for me to consider. I’m just one person, we’re only one family. What could we do?

Turns out, when you reach out to ONE, a lot starts to happen. Orphans find homes. Widows are comforted and single mom’s get their “to-do” list’s done. Yards get mowed, mouths are fed and hope is renewed. Instead of groaning about the tragic world we live in…we can change it.

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