Its Thanksgiving time, a time where we can focus on our blessings and blessing others. Its a time when we think of all the people who may not have enough to eat, a place to stay or someone who cares about them. Then we start to think, the problem is so overwhelming, especially with the economy taking a turn for the worse. There are so many people who need help, the problem seems so large that we become stagnant and do nothing. We can’t help but think that we do not have enough for ourselves, let alone try to help the world.
But, what if we stopped thinking about the big problem and started thinking about what is right in front of us. What if we started with our community? Our prayers shouldn’t be, “How can I help the world?”, our prayers should be, “How can I serve right where I am?”. We can get involved with organizations that are right in our own community that are already serving the poor. If we think to ourselves, “What is it that I can do on my worse day with my eyes closed?”, and then apply that knowledge to help the people around us, we can save the world one person at a time.
Everyone has something they do that they are really good at. Reading, writing, painting, mechanics, handyman, etc… The word volunteer may make some people think, “Oh no, not another thing to add to my ‘to do’ list”, but it doesn’t have to be so daunting. Just think of the things that you are already doing and how you can apply it to help someone else. Get the kids involved, ask them to think of things they might be able to do to help others. Get excited about the prospects of helping out and the children will get excited too. We need to stop focusing on us and our problems and look around to see if there is someone who may be worse off than we are. Is there anything more important that we can think of right now than helping people out in our own communities that are less fortunate than we are? If we or our children are on any kind of comity or team, then why can’t we use that as our platform to come together and figure out what we can do as a group to help out the people who need us most?
We are the world, we are the ones who can make a difference. Lets come together and expand our passion to feed and heal the world one community at a time. If we do not create the world that we want, the world that will be created will not be the one we want it to be. If we don’t take the time to stop looking at ourselves and start looking at others then the world that will be created will be one that is not very pleasant to live in. It will be a world of selfishness, greed and a “what about me?” mentality. If we stay on the track that we are on, it will not sustain us into the future. Our resources will not continue to be here for us. If we all do our small part it will affect the bigger picture. The truth is that we are all one and we need each other, whether we want to or not.
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