We’ve entered into a new journey, together we have stepped into a New Year, 2012.
Some of us will make New Year resolutions, while others will say,”Not this year I don’t keep them anyway.” Regardless, as we look back to the past year, we wish we had done more for the good of mankind. Yes, some things were left undone.
This journey we’re on is taking place in a world of chaos, distrust and oftentimes hopelessness. Here, however, is the place where we’ve been put to live out our lives. There are huge changes, injustices that need to be corrected, and we feel incapable of doing them. This year a great resolution would be to do what we can. Mostly, we believe that as just one person we can do nothing that would affect the world around us. Let’s research that statement further.
Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness make a big difference in people’s lives. Those cards you send to the bedridden or those in prison are an example, as are the visits you make to the housebound. You may think that your lack of resources keeps you from accomplishing much. On our journey today, we’ll think of some ways that require few funds, but lots of love. Some of these you may already do and may think they are insignificant. But are they?
You may have helped a blind person across the street, held the door for someone, let a person go ahead of you in the grocery store line, loaned someone just a few dollars, or helped move furniture. Such little acts of kindness are accomplished by going out of your way to make someone’s day. You may have paid for a friend’s concert tickets, sent someone an envelope with money inside or visited the sick and the incarcerated. The fellow plowing our driveway, swept our sidewalks – an act that was not figured in the price of plowing. These insignificant acts are blessings in disguise.
I found a short poem that is fitting for the journey we’re taking today and I pass it on to you. “I shall pass through this world but once, Any good thing, therefore, that I can do—-Or any kindness that I can show any human being, Let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it —- For I shall not pass this way again.”
In our daily journeys of life we want to live lives exempt of evil, not realizing that the simple things we neglect may very well be that. All the little acts we’ve talked about on our journey sound trivial but they are not. What makes me so sure, is what I read in the greatest book of wisdom, God’s Word. It says: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” A good New Year’s resolution for us all is to pray that we will not do nothing because we feel incapable, but rather we will do what we can and that may be doing the little things. They matter!