Would you like to know a secret? The 3 Questions are not a new concept. They were birthed out of observation more than anything else. I simply put the thoughts into a process, which is far from revolutionary.
A contemporary example of how we can answer the three questions in real life is helping with Hurricane Harvey relief.
As the news stories and pictures and reports roll in about the devastation, how many people with boats have made the trip to help offer rescue? How many first responders have migrated to try to offer help?
All of these people, whether they realize it or not, are working the three questions: What needs to be done, What can I do, and Who can I get to help?
I know of churches who are asking that question today. For some, what they can do is limited by age, and for others their financial situations may prevent other solutions.
But ultimately, as they (and we) work through the 3 questions, let me offer a few suggestions:
- Don’t feel like you have to do everything. If you cannot make the trip, do not let that keep you from giving. Fight the mindset that says “If I can’t go, then what’s the point.”
- Find something you can do. Read reports, google search for needs. Give what is most beneficial, not what is simplest to give away.
- Equip those around you to participate. Find a way to include others in your plan. You might even try to brainstorm with them to see what you can do together.
In a time like this, leadership becomes key. But please don’t lead for the sake of saying you led, but instead lead with a purpose. Let your efforts have an end result of life change. Equip those around you who don’t know how to help.
Finally, and most importantly, pray for those who are suffering and recovering. The damage is incomprehensible, and some people will never fully recover from the devastation. Pray for those who have lost, pray for those who give of time and resources, and pray for the recovery in days ahead.