This week has been one for high emotions throughout this country… and, tensions on edge throughout the world.
Did you know that sex, drugs, nudity, death, and negativity sell?
They sell air time on the television, they sell space in the news, and they provide society with supposedly the understanding of the way of the world.
I have noticed this to be true in my own blogging experience. When I blog about death, I get readers sitting up and paying attention. In fact, my two most-viewed posts were calls to action based on death… based on tragedy.
You know what doesn’t sell?
For some reason, people don’t want to read about positivity in the world.
Even I am guilty of it – I’ll read a headline of a tragic death of a three year old forgotten in a daycare van, with the temperature inside the van reaching 144 degrees, click on it and automatically find myself drawn into the article, spiraling down a vortex of depression.
But, a bus driver who crochets something for every student on her bus route, as an act of love and kindness? How many of you have heard, clicked on, or read/watched that coverage by CNN? If not, click here and take a moment to read (or watch). I guarantee it will get you in the happy feels!
If we are to believe the media, our nation is on the verge of a crisis, whether from external threats or from social strife from within, not unlike what occurred during the height of the civil rights movement. Tensions are running high, and there is darkness all around us. Which has left a lot of people feeling emotional – whether defensive or just plain angry. And, it has led others like myself to feel downright depressed (not in the clinical sense, but in the saddened sense of the word).
As I considered this week’s Gratitude Project post, I struggled. On one hand, there is absolute beauty and light all around me – everywhere I look. But, lurking at its edges is darkness – evil.
Yet, every fiber of my being wants to focus on the light, love, and beauty around me.
As the deadline for this post loomed closer, I had an epiphany. This week, I am most grateful for
Random Acts of Kindness.
More importantly, I am grateful I am able to be kind to others – to have the opportunity to look at another in their eyes as we walk by and exchange a smile, or say hello, or pay a compliment.
I am grateful for the moments I have been able to surprise someone, by paying for their meal or drink through a drive-thru, or offer words of encouragement to a mother whose child is having a meltdown in the grocery store checkout lane.
I am grateful for the moments where I can take a new mother and father a meal to celebrate their new baby, but also to help alleviate some of the new adjustments a new baby brings to a household – no matter the size of the family!
If I were to be watching and listening only to the darkness in this world, my soul would eventually crumble. It would succumb to that darkness and turn inward, encouraging me to look out only for myself… to look out only for my family.
But, we, as children of God, are called to be so. much. more than our individual selves! We are called to be part of a complete whole – a complete society! We are all equal parts of the pie that make up our society.
Regardless of our race, our creed, our abilities – we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and God is love.
Therefore, we are called to love!
We are called to be Christ’s hands and feet to each other!
So, this week, I am issuing a challenge to everyone reading these words.
Turn off the television and the radio.
Close down your computer once you’ve finished this article.
Head outside and do something nice for someone not in your own family.
Whether it is simply looking a stranger in the eyes and paying them a compliment; holding a door open for a group of people, smiling the entire time; buying a drink for the person in the drive-thru behind you; buying a gift card (or a few) and handing it out randomly – even leaving it on the windshield of a car; filling not just one, but two backpacks with back-to-school supplies (our local grocery store is selling pre-made boxes) and dropping them off at the school.
Go out into your immediate world – outside of your house – and be Christ’s hands and feet to a complete stranger!
Our world will not change until each of us do something good for someone else outside of our home. Teach your children by example and answer the call to love!
What are you grateful for this week? Let me know in the comments or use #bctgp on Instagram to share in this project. And, don’t be shy about spreading this challenge to your own family, friends, and community!
Until next week, dear reader…