Make a Difference

Make a Difference

An old man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a little girl ahead of him picking up starfish that had been cast ashore by the storm the night before. The old man hurried to catch up to her, and asked what she was doing. “Rescuing starfish,” the young lady replied. “They’ll die if I leave them here when the sun comes out.” “But this beach goes on for miles,” argued the man, “ and there are millions of starfish stranded here. How can your effort make any difference?” The girl look intently at the starfish in her hand then threw it back to the safety of the sea and said, “It makes a difference for this one!” We would all like to make a difference. Usually we think that bigger is better but not necessarily. We are all called to make a difference no matter how small.  You are endowed with transformational powers. But using these transformative powers to take on the whole world may seem useless. But your divine love ripples throughout the world making a positive difference. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. “ – Mother Teresa What do you see when you throw a pebble in the water – waves moving out to make rings, very small at first and then expanding outward and increasing until spreading across the water’s surface. Just consider of how one piece of information can affect the stock market. Or one tweet can send thousands of people in a dizzy! Knowing the power of one incident,...
Afternoons of Life

Afternoons of Life

“The majority of people perform well in a crisis and when the spotlight is on them; it’s on the Sunday afternoons of life, when nobody is looking, that the spirit falters.” (Alan Bennett’s autobiography) Don’t you agree that the “et cetera” parts of life, those flat places where there is noting of interest in sight and nothing exciting is on the horizon, brings a “why bother” and “what’s the use” attitude? Those are the times we have the least heart to pray, but those are the times when we need prayer the most.  Why? Because those are the days we are quiet, poised and in the “ready frame of mind” to see the world through God’s eyes. We “let go” and “let God.” That is where good prayer always starts, trusting God enough to let go and look through his yes – the eyes of a wise Father.  If we do that and if our hearts are open, we’ll begin to see what God sees and hope as God hopes. We will begin to want what God wants and do what God wants. That’s what praying in faith does inside us. It slowly reshapes our ideas and our perspectives to match God’s. Prayer slowly reshapes our values and our expectations of life to match God’s. God has so much to show us and teach us. We have so much to learn, so many new doors that need to be opened, and so many old ones that need to be closed permanently. If we are listening from the heart, we will change. Even the most gnarled parts of us will...
What, Married 50 Years?

What, Married 50 Years?

The celebrating couple mingled among the guests at their 50th wedding anniversary. One of the guests pulled the “groom” aside and asked,  “You make marriage look easy. Has it always been this easy?” The celebrant replied, “No, I even considered divorce and my wife did also.” The inquisitor pressed to understand, “Then how did you make it 50 years?” The response, “We never considered it at the same time.” Yes, life is tough. Our lives are roads paved with life lessons to be LEARNED by trail, and error.  We struggle with marriage, children, loss, illness, doubt and darkness. We get depressed, tired, fed up, impatient and ready to throw the towel in. But never forget that we are social beings who, as the Beatles lyrics remind us, “…I get by with a little help from my friends”. We need others to lift our spirits, listen to our problems, reassure our doubts and remind us of the important things in life that we may have forgotten. We forget who we really are and what is really important, what really matters in life, who our real friends are, who loves us and what we were made for. We are not walking this journey alone.  Not only are our friends, there for us, but also we must remember that the Lord walks at our side. The Lord walks with us as a partner and mentor who wants to see us succeed and who understands that it’s going to take us awhile. What more could we ask? How can we not be confident and hopeful and put all fears behind us. After all,...
The Importance of the Insignificant

The Importance of the Insignificant

For the first time in 3 months I was able to put my underpants on standing up! (I usually don’t share this personal routine, but it happened to be an AHA moment. God does work in mysterious ways.) Before my hip surgery/recovery, I breezed through life, taking normal abilities for granted, not giving any thought to habitual actions. This healing process has given me a new understanding of just how important the little things are in life. I usually focus on new career goals, job responsibilities, projects, and big accomplishments, overlooking the insignificant. I’m off to write books and save the world. But life is like a kaleidoscope, as it twists and turns it brings new colors, shapes and designs into focus. This new awareness of the seemingly unimportant will serve me well as I mature physically and spiritually. As we age, the big goals morph into smaller intentions. Books become grocery lists and saving the world comes down to being kind to the ones I’m with! But don’t overlook the real importance of these smaller actions. You have an impact no matter how small and diminished your contribution seems. “You may think that you are completely insignificant in this world. But someone drinks coffee every morning from the favorite cup that you gave them. Someone heard a song on the radio that reminded them of you. Someone read the book you recommended, and plunged headfirst into it. Someone remembered your joke and smiled! Someone loves himself a little more, because you gave them a compliment. Never think that you have no influence whatsoever. Your trace, which you leave...
“I’ll leave the light on for you” – God

“I’ll leave the light on for you” – God

In a way, God is the Ultimate Hotelier! But Motel 6 and Tom Bodett took a page out of God’s playbook when they made the commercial for the roadside inn for weary travelers. Remember the TV commercial ending with the phrase, “We’ll  leave the light on for you.” This catchy jingle not only symbolizes the end of the road but also three messages that we need to remember for our earthly journey.   God, being the first to extend the welcome, says: I’ll be expecting you. “I’ll be watching for you and waiting for you with outstretched arms. You might be running late or run into detours along your journey, but sooner or later I know you will be arriving. I’ll be expecting you.” I’ll be welcoming all. “Not matter when you get here or in what condition in which you arrive, I will treasure you as the returning favorite child. When I look at you I see a much-cherished child, not a stranger. Ya’ll come –  seniors, young, old, pets, owners, children. No restrictions. No limits on my love”. I’ll leave this light on so you can find your way. “I know it can get dark out there and you may often lose your way, so I’ll give you signs along the way. Listen to your heart, your internal GPS, and follow that light. I am always with you, walking by your side. And your name is written on my hand, if you listen carefully you will hear me whispering to you. If you watch closely, you will see that I am here. So watch and listen.” Our...