Here’s a quote I read recently from Chabad.com: “The very fact you know about someone who is in trouble means that in some way you are able to help. Otherwise, why would this knowledge have entered your world?”
After all, the world is packed full of disaster and hardship. Every minute of every day, really bad things are happening someplace in the world, and there’s something you could do to help in many of those cases.
It could be completely overwhelming. You could become paralyzed by the sheer magnitude of the help that others need in this world.
For that matter, there are places in your own life where you can use help, right? There are folks in the world who have the ability to provide some of that help to you, though you are one of countless places where their help could be of value.
Every day, your journey takes you down the path of life. That path moves you through some tight quarters, where your life brushes up against the lives of others. You rub a shoulder here, you bump an elbow there.
And in the process, you glimpse the ability to help now and again. A gift offered to you – the opportunity to give and to help.
Otherwise, why would you have brushed up against the understanding of the need?