Change The World

I am “a voice in the desert, crying out:
Make straight the way of the Lord!”

John 1:23

I begin every New Year with great expectations for myself, for my loved ones and for this world of ours. Throughout my pre-New Year reflection, I prioritize my ever-growing list of imperfections and select a few things which I can actually do something about. After devising my own self-improvement plan, I consider those I have been given to love. My assessment of their needs is far less critical and far more nurturing than my own. I simply consider each one and wish him or her a New Year filled with the grace, wisdom and strength to do their best as best they can.

This world of ours is another story. I am torn between heartbreak for our brothers and sisters whose suffering seems endless and anger toward those in power who can’t seem to get it right when it comes to creating peace on this earth. The divide between bondage and liberty, poverty and wealth, sorrow and genuine joy seems to grow exponentially with every passing day. What can I do this New Year to make a difference in any of this?

Though my sphere of influence is minimal in the grand scheme of things, it is still mine. Every moment of every day that I am given is mine. If I respond to the situation at hand lovingly and productively, I change the world in a positive way. When I respond with anger and hatred or even thoughtless impatience, I do the opposite. It seems to me that the best New Year’s resolution I can make is to promise myself -and the God who inspires me- to do everything I can to bring some measure of peace and love with me wherever I am. Sometimes, these efforts will be life-changing. Sometimes, they will be only moment-changing. Always, they will change this world for the better.

Loving God, be with us all as we bring you peace and love to this world, one moment at a time.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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