Changing the Bucket Question

I’ve mentioned before, I’m in the process of reading two books about poverty and orphans.   “He Walks Among Us” by Richard Stearns (CEO of World Vision) and “The Locust Effect” by Gary Haugen of The International Justice Mission.    Two totally different books, two totally different perspectives but both are books I’d highly recommend.

Today, I read part of Richard Stearns book and he raised a very good point.    Anyone who knows anything about the vulnerable children crisis knows that the numbers are overwhelming.    No matter what “classification” you use, no matter what direction you go, there are millions if not billions of children who are suffering.

It’s almost enough to make one throw their hands up in the air and say, “I can’t do enough to make a difference, my donation, my help is barely a drop in the bucket.”  And then go on their merry way and buy their new toys and put the problem as an “over there” type of problem.

Notice I said, “Almost.”

Richard tells the story of a little boy in Myanmar who, while only a drop in the “bucket,” was a child who World Vision truly made a difference for.    A life changing difference.   This child’s life went from empty and without hope to overflowing.   Overflowing with joy, with love and with purpose.    His bucket was filled to overflowing.

So, that changes the question……

It’s no longer a question of “will my little bit of help make a difference since it’s only a drop in the bucket?”

Now it’s, “How many individual buckets of needy children is God calling me to fill?

It’s not a question of, “Will my donation,  my prayer, my caring make a difference when the problem is so big?”

Now it’s a question of, “It’s a problem of many small buckets and I’m going to do my part to fill them.   Will you help?”

It’s no longer a question of, “Because it’s so big of a problem, why do I even have to care?”

Now it’s a question of, “Because it’s so big of a problem, I do have to care – God, where and how would you have me care and what would you have me do?


The Bucket Question has changed.   Will your response change?