What if it were up to you to change the world? Would you welcome the challenge? Or would you prefer someone else to take on that task?
There’s no question, this country has experienced several months of extreme challenges… from a mass shooting to natural disasters… and many other heart-sinking, frustrating and maddening events. We are in dire need of healing in our land and in our hearts. So much of these crises were out of our control–in that we personally or independently could not prevent them from happening. But let us consider the things we can control. We can start by having respect, love and kindness for our fellow man.
I remember back in the days of grade school, when teachers would post classroom rules on the wall. Somewhere on the list was: Respect your classmates. It’s a simple concept we learned as kids, but one we–as a human race–have lost sight of as adults. It’s a matter of respecting that we are each different and unique in our right. That we have different views, different upbringings, different goals. And those are just a few reasons that make us individually special.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘love your neighbor,’ and taking it one step further, ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ (Mark 12;31). Can we treat others the way we would want to be treated? Can we speak to others the way we would want them to speak to us? Love really does change everything. It calms our heart. It creates peace within us. Research shows there is a health benefit. Our body’s blood pressure responds to the peace and calm within our hearts… a peace and calm that simply does not exist in the midst of hate.
I recently saw this quote and fell in love with it. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” We cannot control the words, the thoughts or the actions of others, but we can control our own. You can start with something as simple as a smile. When you smile at someone, you almost always receive one in return. Being kind does not cost a dime. It does your heart good… and the hearts of others.
When we all pull for the good of humankind, we can overcome evil. Think of it as a game of tug of war. The team in unison, the team pulling the hardest for the win will be the most successful. Besides, we can do far more together than we can ever do apart. Let’s change the world together with Respect, Love and Kindness!