If we expanded the circle of people we love and would do anything for to include more than the people in our immediate family, if we truly loved our neighbours as ourselves, I think the world would be a different place. Instead of focusing our energy, time and Facebook posts on things we can't change, I challenge us all to have the courage to change the things we do have the power to change, the things that are right in front of us.
My friend Rob Hall who died in Zambia while helping people there learn how to use a small piece of land to grow their own food used to say 'lean into the things in front of you, and there you'll find the Kingdom of God'.
The Kingdom of God IS love.
There's a reason why the second greatest commandment in the Bible is to love your neighbour as yourself…we have the potential to change the world, we just need to tap into it.
It's a well known fact that the power of love is the greatest force known to man and each and every one of us has it living inside of us.
So, I challenge you, in the days and weeks to come. Open your eyes to the things around you, look for ways to love your neighbours, and by neighbours I mean anyone in front of you. Maybe the elderly lady at the grocery store needs help with her bags. The single Mom who lives next door, offer to babysit (for free) so she can have a much needed night off. There is more than enough need and more than enough love we just have to be willing to see and do.
I think you'll be blown away how simple acts of kindness to others will not only shine a light in their lives but in yours too.