so it's apparent that this time of year begins to be stressful for a lot of people.
I heard that yesterday was a tough one for several friends
for a variety of reasons,
and I've had 9 requests for prayer
for people I know
who have either fallen off ladders and broken bones,
or had their two year olds hospitalized,
or been diagnosed with cancer,
or lost their job,
or had something terrible and destructive happen
in their life,
or who are just plain stressed to the breaking point due to a series of little issues.
Friendships have teetered on the brink after a lifetime,
couples have separated,
and in general it's seemed like a really hard week for a lot of people!
I cannot hope to solve any of these problems of course,
but I can address the fact that many are hurting
and in need of an extra dose
Here's what I propose . . .
Go out today with the intent to be a catalyst for change
in your circle of influence.
Now, I know you can't solve any of these problems, either . . .
But . . .
If I know this many folks who are having a hard time, then you do as well.
Multiply that by several tens of millions of folks around the world,
and it all might just seem a little hopeless . . .
consider that you have a sphere of influence
which includes every person you see today.
your gentle word
your helpful hand
the cup of coffee
or the inclusion in conversation
or whatever kindness you can afford to extend
may be the effort that saves that person in some way.
Let someone merge into traffic,
give them a hand,
touch their life in some soft way
it may remove the one straw that would have
'broken the camel's back'.
A touch on the arm or the shoulder is risky in our society
and I do it every day.
Human touch is healing to the spirit.
A well chosen kindness is theraputic.
You know what I'm talking about.
Someone once did that for you.
Pass it along.
Tip the waitress a little extra,
smile at someone,
say thanks, in a big way that lets someone know their job makes a difference.
Let the person with three items get in line in front of you at the checkout counter.
Sacrifice something, for someone else's joy.
A compliment will change someone's whole outlook on life.
You might never know how much.
I challenge you to do this for a day
and to see if
you might just like it so much you do it for another day.
I will suggest that if enough of us did this for a month,
it would change the world.
To the world you may only be one person,
but to one person,
you may be the world!