Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe it's the time of my life. Or maybe it's just time. I am feeling an ever urgent need and desire to make a difference. In the world. In my community. More likely, just for somebody.
As my daughter and I drove through Starbucks this morning, we talked for a minute about the time the person in front of us paid for our drinks, and how we at one time paid for the drinks of the person behind us. And it felt good - - both the receiving and the giving. Especially the giving. And though it always feels good to do something nice for someone, I thought of how much more it would have meant to someone who really needed help. It reminded me of the very wise words of someone very dear to me. I paraphrase - -
Most of us intend to serve and to help those in need. We've all had our hearts touched as we've seen the needs of another. How often have we intended to be the one to help? And yet how often has the day-to-day stuff of "living" gotten in the way and we've left it for others to help? We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives. If we were to step back and take a good look at what we're doing, we may find that we have filled our days in the "thick of thin things." In other words, too often we spend our time taking care of the things which do not really matter much at all in the grand scheme of things, neglecting the more important causes.
I think that the world we live in will not get too much better. I hope it does. I fear it will not. I believe more people will be in need. In need of food. In need of shelter. In need of human kindness. I know I can't do everything for everybody. But I can do something for someone. And it is my goal to live by these words - -
What have I done for someone today?