That was not a good idea. By the time I went to bed last night, I felt defeated and discouraged. All the horrific news and crime weighed heavily on my heart. Visions of the world my children would grow up in flashed through my mind, and they weren't peaceful or heart-warming to say the least.
My husband's well-intentioned advice was "you can't change it, so don't let it bring you down and live your life the best you can." I huffed and called him callous, unable to accept there was nothing I could do. Once I calmed down, I realized he had a very good point.
He never said there's nothing I can do, only that I can't change it. The truth is, there is probably nothing I will ever do in my life that will change the world. Evil will always exist. There is no way around that, but that doesn't mean I have to live a life shrouded in darkness.
I might not ever change the world, or even a person's life, but I can live in such a way that the world around me lights up.
I can think before I speak or act, take a deep breath before I yell. I can practice forgiveness and show compassion.
I can compliment a stranger or pay for the person after me in line. Write a letter to an old-friend or visit the elderly in nursing homes. Donate old clothes and provide meals to a family in need Hold the door open for the mom with her hands full.
I can inspire people to see the good and pay it forward. I can show that someone cares. I can show somebody they are not forgotten.
I can teach my children love and acceptance, humility and grace. I can raise them in a way I hope will transform them into strong, respectful adults with integrity.
Sometimes, like yesterday, the world, or even something in your life, can seem hopeless and full of darkness. These are the times when it becomes vital to let our lights shine.
Because you might not change the world, but you can make it better.
Until next time,
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."
Matthew 5:14 (NASB)