My values teacher once told our class, “You are called to make a difference. Each of you can change the world and make it better.” I didn’t understand that statement. It seemed a bit far-fetched. How can a 15-year-old make a difference, much less change the world? So I gave up the idea.
Later, as I was reading through the Gospels, I encountered these words: “Love one another. By this everyone will know . . .” Suddenly, I realized that change begins with one word: LOVE.
LOVE CREATES CHANGE: Making a difference does not mean putting on a big show. Most often, the greatest change comes from the little things we do out of love. Here are some ways we all can practice loving others:
- Be kind. Many lives can be changed dramatically if we simply choose to be kind.
- Forgive. Don’t hold on to bitterness. When someone hurts us, we can be quick to forgive.
- Pray for our enemies. Instead of complaining about others, we can pray for them.