We all want to change the world. I made the decision prior to starting my blog that I would refrain from political posts. They are too divisive and quite frankly not with the theme of my blog. However, the recent political and cultural climate is heartbreaking. I have seen news reports and pictures of grown adults acting despicably. They are spewing hate on both sides and instead of trying to engage in meaningful conversation they are resorting to name calling and violence.
What have we become as a country and a society when we fight over everything? What ever happened to talking things out? When did it become ok to destroy public property? I have no problem with protesting something that is wrong or that you feel very strongly about, but act like adults, not petulant toddlers with potty mouths.
My daughter, speaking of the eclipse, said, “Mom it was so awesome. For a few minutes we all stopped hating each other and just stared at the sun.” She is 19. I was so humbled by her wisdom. I just wish we could all see that.
We all want to see change in the world. To quote Michael Jackson, “Let’s start with the man (woman) in the mirror.”
I have compiled a list of 20 things you can do to change the world. Right where you are. None of them involve violence or name calling. None of them involve hate. Most of them are small. Simple things you can do to make a difference right in your own little corner of the world.
- Pray. Pray for peace. Pray for your friends. Pray for your enemies. Pray for those you think are your enemies even though they may not be.
- Listen. Try to understand the other person’s point of view, even if you don’t agree.
- Give. Share with someone less fortunate.
- Lower your voice. No one hears you when you are shouting. They only hear noise.
- Use your manners. Yes ma’am. No ma’am. Yes sir. No sir. Please. Thank you. Excuse me.
- Smile. You never really know the power of a smile to someone who is having a bad day.
- Stop. Before you say something think of how it might make the other person feel.
- Don’t assume. We are all individuals with our own thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Don’t assume you know someone you don’t.
- Realize that everyone has their own story. You don’t know it.
- Take someone a meal who can’t get out of the house.
- Visit someone in the hospital or nursing home that never has visitors. It’s amazing what a change in perspective will do for you.
- Send a care package to a service man or woman. Whether you agree with their mission or not we can all agree they are human and far from home.
- Respect law enforcement. Yes there are bad cops but there are bad EVERYTHING. The good far outweighs the bad.
- Vote. If you don’t like the people in power, use your vote to make a difference.
- Meet your neighbors. It used to be that when someone fell on hard times or needed something they went to their family, then the church then their neighbors. Everyone pitched in and helped. Most people don’t even know their neighbors these days. We have become closed off and we have lost our sense of community.
- Put down your phones. Have real conversations, face to face.
- Realize that you don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to. No one really wins an argument.
- Suck it up! People with disagree with you. People will offend you. It will happen. It has happened many times to me. I’m still here. It may have hurt my feelings but I’m ok. Disagreeing and being offended are a part of life. It happens. Move on.
- Do random acts of kindness. Pay for the person behind you at a drive through. Take cookies to the police, fire, EMTs etc.
- LOVE!!!! Love, honor and respect your parents. Love your children, Love your wife. Love your husband. Love each other.
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 13 NLT
Share with me in the comments how YOU are going to change the world.
Peace & Grace,