One of my favorite things to say, mostly as a reminder to myself, is this: "You can't do everything but you can do something."
What do I mean by this?
I mean, I'm not anyone's savior or guardian angel. Thus, I can't save anyone from poverty of any sort (material, relational, emotional, mental, spiritual, etc.). I've got my own kinds of poverty with which to deal. I'm pretty sure the same goes for you too.
But I can look beyond myself to others. I can solve my own poverty by building better relationships with people who also struggle with poverty, especially of a different variety. We can share our respective wealth with each other so that each other's poverty is reduced, theirs and mine.
What does this look like? Some ideas:
- Instead of handing out food, make food together.
- Instead of (or in additional to) giving money, volunteer your time.
- When mentoring kids, you, the adult, benefit too.
- Be sure whatever you do to "give back" makes you happy while you're helping make others happy too. Give and receive!
For further reading, I recommend When Helping Hurts by Steve Sorbett & Brian Fikkert.