No one but God can change the world in one fell swoop, and it’s often discouraging to even consider change: the problems are so vast, and we are so small. Yet God is sensitive to the smallest things—he notices, we’re told, when the smallest of sparrows falls from the tree—and small acts, taken together, are the most powerful agents of change. Here are three you might try:
- Be positive. It’s easy to be overwhelmed and discouraged. But when you feel negative, that’s what you project out into the world. When you’re having a bad day, a stranger’s smile or a coworker’s kind word can transform your experience. You can do that for someone else… every day! There isn’t a single experience that isn’t a chance for healing, goodness, and evolution.
- Reduce your TV and social media time. How much of our negativity gets fed by our consumption of news? What else could you do with that time? Plant a garden, volunteer to help others, make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament… these are all actions that will change the world. Watching Netflix, not so much. You don’t have to give it all up…. Just be aware of your stewardship of time!
- Pray the Our Father for the intentions of the world. “The ‘Our Father’ is a prayer that ignites in us the same love of Jesus for the will of the Father, a flame that drives us to transform the world with love,” said Pope Francis. Prayer changes things. Pray for missionaries, for teachers, for those who every day work to make the world a better place.
“Even the smallest person,” wrote J.R.R. Tolkien, “can change the course of the future.” We might all feel small, but in God’s eyes we’re not. Once we accept that, once we’re grateful for that, then there’s nothing we cannot do!