One of my Managers told me this a few months back and I thought "yeah right I am only one person." Then today read Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Then about the same time I heard this song on Pandora:
And as I read that verse and listen to the song the thought came back to me "Be the Change you want to see happen..." I can either contribute to the problem which is usually the easy route, or I can smile at the person walking down the street I don't know, open the door at the store for the person behind me, or what ever little thing thing it might be. So many people choose comfort over Character and I don't want to be that person. When I think of this in the big picture it is easy to sign up to go on a mission trip to a third world country for a week, but how many of those same people that go on the mission trip turn their nose up to the homeless in the city they live in.
Comfort vs Character has been on my heart a lot because it is hard for me to smile at the stranger I don't know on the street, but maybe if I did this more often I would be making someone feel just a little bit brighter. When I go to the City and have a nice dinner why do I not order an extra soup and bread to go and give it to the person lying next to my car? Yeah it is only one person but in being the change that I want to see happen one less person may not got to bed hungry that night. Being that example to the 4-6 people who are with me at dinner maybe they will follow my lead and the next time they go out with friends do they will do the same thing influence more people.
So even if I only make one person's corner of the world a little brighter if only for a minute I am going to put aside the "yeah right I can't make a difference" attitude and try to be the Change I want to see happen