The world around me is a crazy and cold place. Death and destruction are in my face every time I turn on the television or read a newspaper. It’s very easy to slip into the shadows and fade away. It is as simple as watching the hate and violence pass me by. I am not guilty of the crimes, so why should I care? I mean, what’s the point? I’m only one woman in the pool of humanity. What difference will it make for me to intervene, step forward or speak up?
Well, it could mean everything to someone! Our words and actions can quite literally take or save a life.
I am not sure who came up with the old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” but the person was seriously misguided. I can honestly say I would rather take a beating than take a verbal lashing. There is something too personal about hate filled words. They cut deeper than a blade and the effects can last well beyond the healing of most surface injuries. Just because we see no blood, it doesn’t mean there is not internal hemorrhaging.
I believe the ripples we create in our little lives make the world go round. Be it for love or hate, we are all responsible for the outcome of our actions…even when we do not see the results manifest before our eyes. What I say to my children as they grow to adulthood will mold how they treat others in the world and their own children. If I try to wrap my mind around how many people my words and actions will effect, it is an enormous possibility. The Butterfly Effect is real.
Something as simple as a smile can make the difference in the broken. A few kind words can lift a heavy load off the shoulders of a weary traveler and give a child the hope and will to face another day. Wise words can give young and old alike the knowledge and knowhow to face the impossible and survive unimaginable danger. A hug can transfer warmth to the cold and love to the lonely.
There was a wonderful movie a few years ago called Pay It Forward. Its premise was based on random acts of kindness. I loved this movie. As Christians, we should all want to pay it forward. I mean Jesus did give us the greatest act of kindness this world will ever know. He lived a life of decency and love. We are suppose to try to be like Him.
The sky is the limit when it comes to the importance of what I say and do in this big old world. I do not have to see what the effect is to make it real. I need no credit or praise for my part. To God goes the glory for any good I may do. I cannot, in good conscious, hide from what I have been called to do in my life. I was called to make a difference with love, compassion and kindness and so were all of you.
Peace, love and God’s will.