Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One Small Change

    Some time ago, I challenged you to perform One Small Act, to perform an act of kindness, mercy, forgiveness, or generosity.  I knew that many of you were already doing these things but I challenged you to not only do them, but to tell me what you had done.  It wasn’t easy.  I had to remind you and coax you, and I had to promise several people that I wouldn’t use your names.  You aren’t doing these things for recognition, but simply because they are the right thing to do.

    I didn’t ask so that we could brag.  I had, and have, something different in mind.  So what sorts of things are we doing?

  • Giving an elderly neighbor rides to his church and shopping.
  •  Paying for the car behind us at the drive thru window.
  • Taking pictures at a training seminar and creating a slide show so that the participants could see what everyone else had been doing.
  • Visiting friends in the hospital and in nursing homes
  • Mailing cards to cheer up a friend who is struggling.
  • Sending “Get Well” cards to those who are sick.
  •  Thank you notes
  • Caring for the neighbor’s dog when they were temporarily laid up.
  • Check in on those who are alone, widowed, or shut-in.
  • Donating blood
  • Visiting folk who are shut-in and sometimes taking cookies or treats.
  • Listening
  • Feeding the hungry
  • Caring for others in public places and in unexpected situations.
  • Driving a blind co-worker home after work.
   I know that there are a great many things that Trinity folk are doing that are not listed here.  We do “small acts” of service on a regular basis. One of you hands out cards when they perform their acts of kindness that declare that “You have been randomly chosen” to receive a blessing and that “God Loves You.”

And so here is the next challenge: Make one small change.

    Take a moment to think about what you are doing and how you are doing it.  You are already making a difference in your community and in your world.  What small thing could you change, so that in the process of doing what you already do, others learn that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ?  What small thing could you do differently, so that besides making the world a better place, you are also making an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God?

It won’t take much.

You are already making a difference.

The challenge is for each of us to make an eternal difference.

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