Saturday, November 12, 2011
Abraham Lincoln said it first but with a few changes of my own, it applies here: The world will little note nor long remember my (our) passage through it, but that's not the point. Missionaries, teachers, nurses, and all who care for others are not here to achieve worldwide notoriety but just to do the little things on a day by day basis that change and touch the lives of those around us. There will always be those who need the world's recognition to feel that they are worthwhile, but that's just a touch sad. Many times it is just a touch, a pat on the back, a kind word, a smile, a small financial assist that changes lives forever and raises the self worth of that individual. Thoreau said that to improve the quality of another's day is to achieve the highest of the arts. Jesus said the same thing in a hundred different ways and in dozens of parables and in the way He lived His life. We are to do the same. To use the gifts God has given us to improve the lots of those around us. To comfort one who mourns, to stand by one who feels alone, to love one who feels unloved--these are the greatest gifts and worth more than all the wealth and fame the world has to offer. A man came by today who needed just $10 to buy medicine he could not afford for himself. My job was just to listen and help if I could. It took all of ten minutes to help him, but it may have saved his life. I don't know and you don't either when someone needs you for whatever you can offer. All too often, we compliment others behind their backs. Stop that. Tell the people you admire and respect that you do--not for thanks but for what it may do for them. Give the gift of life. Make someone's day. It doesn't cost much and yet it is priceless. God gave us His son. Surely, we can give a little of ourselves to make a difference in another's life. You will never regret it.