As I loaded dishes into the dishwasher, I sang along with the radio. My grandson looked up from the picture he was coloring and said,
“Grandma, there’s one thing about you that I don’t like. "
Anticipating what he was going to say, I asked,
“What? That I sing all the time?"
“No, " he answered,
“It’s not how much you sing, it’s how BAD you sing. "
Once again, I was reminded that God did not bless me with a good singing voice.
I used to wish that I were a wonderful singer, so I could entertain thousands of adoring fans packed into crowded stadiums. In reality, my singing can’t even please one six year old.
I also used to wish I were a great orator. I’ve always envied people who could speak eloquently. I have trouble completing a sentence that can be understood by a preschooler.
I may not possess the talents I would have preferred to be born with, but I still have the ability to change the world . . . and so do you! Changing the world doesn’t require wealth, talent, or a huge investment of time. Right now, you (yes you), with your current limitations and abilities, have tremendous power to impact others.
Don’t believe me? Have you ever had a day in which everything you touched went wrong? When you were at the end of your rope, did someone speak a kind word or help you out? Do you remember how it warmed your heart and perked up your spirit? Small, loving acts make a profound difference. Everyone longs to feel noticed and appreciated. That’s why it means so much when someone surprises us with a simple act of caring. It assures us that we matter.
Discouraged people are everywhere. They need you. Don’t overlook opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life. A smile, a note, or a phone call won’t take much effort, but they can make someone’s day. Not only will your kindness be appreciated by the recipient and rewarded by God, but it will enrich your own life too.
Many folks say, “I’m just one person. I can’t make a difference. " If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a hug just when it’s needed, you know one person’s concern is powerful. Do you compare your contribution to a tiny drop of water in the huge ocean? Mother Theresa’s view was that the ocean would be less without that one drop.
There could be no mountains, if not for the tiny grains of sand from which the mountains are made. Little things pack a big punch. Encouragement takes only a moment to give but it delivers an important message of love and concern to the recipient, and it could last a lifetime. Your empathy and time can lessen someone’s load and make their life journey easier. We may not speak like Billy Graham or sing like Frank Sinatra, but we each have our own unique talents that God wants us to use. Have you considered that you may be exactly what someone is praying for?
Open your heart. Show you care. Share a little love.
Author of “Hugs, Hope, and Peanut Butter"