I think we all want to make a difference. What is keeping us from embracing what I like to call Beautiful Interruptions? I could list thousands of reasons, but I believe the biggest reason is we are just too busy running through life. Let me share a few ideas on how we can truly make a difference, if we just slow down.
1), Serve your neighbor. You can serve your neighbor by bringing them a meal. You can serve your neighbor by bringing in their trash can. You can serve your neighbor by mowing their lawn or helping them with some yard work. You can serve your neighbor by providing transportation if needed. You can serve your neighbor by checking on them. You can serve your neighbor by checking on their pet. These are just a few ways we can help serve our neighbors.
2). Volunteer. Yes, this will take some time, but the rewards could be life changing. Years ago, I started volunteering for an inner-city ministry in my hometown. I have some great memories from those days. One of the great experiences was meeting a young man named Ricky. We just clicked. Ricky was a young teenager when we first met. Today, Ricky is 30 years old and making a huge difference in his community. My wife and I are so proud of him. We consider Ricky our son. I was blessed with that type of relationship because I said yes to volunteering.
3). Gift Card. Yes, this will cost a little money, but a $5 or $10 dollar Chick-fil-A gift card could help someone who struggling to find their next meal.
These are just a few suggestions on how you can make a difference in your corner of the world. All we need to do is slow down and watch for small ways to help others. They are in front of us every day, but most of the time we choose to look away. I would encourage you and myself to slow down and look for those Beautiful Interruptions. ~OC