What major change can we make in our liv...es to better the life of others? Even one other person. I'm not talking about New Years Resolutions or Weight Loss Diets or rearranging furniture. I am talking about making a difference in other's lives in some way. Oh it's easier said that done....you really have to take the initiative and get involved and make it happen.
Having a cause that you believe in can make your own life richer in so many ways. I'm not talking about donating to the Church. I hear that all the time..."I give to my church and they take care of all that stuff." I am talking about getting personally involved and doing something for someone that will make a difference in their life and in your life.
As you all know, I support the No Kill Advocacy Group who are out there everyday, working diligently to save the lives of innocent dogs and cats who are being killed unnecessarily while they wait in shelters for someone to love them and give them a new home. There is nothing for fulfilling for me than knowing I may have saved the life of an animal today. There is nothing that enriches my life more than seeing a dog trapped in a shelter go out the front door with a loving family than the rear door to it's death.
Some of you know that I have a homeless friend who walks the highway near where I live and I have sort of adopted him without him knowing. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about his safety and his care. I go out and search for him each week to give him food and things to keep him warm. That my friends has enriched my life more than you know. The other day I saw him walking down that same stretch of highway in the rain and bitter cold. On his
head was the new furry wool hat that I had given him on Christmas Eve. I am still smiling.
This year I pledge to do more....because God has blessed me in so many ways, why shouldn't I share those blessings with others? I'm not rich by any means. But I have a roof over my head and food on my table and God has always taken care of me. I think he expects me to do the same. I cannot imagine going to bed hungry or sleeping outside in the cold and it breaks my heart that a country as rich and prosperous as ours allows it. So it is up to me to make a difference.
I have always wanted to start a program where funds could be raised to pay the mortgage or rent payments of someone who is about to lose their home due to job loss or illness. I can't imagine anything being worse than losing your home and having nowhere to go. It literally hurts me to think about the indignity of being told you have to leave your home, knowing you have no place to call home anymore. I think of all the gifts God gives us, Home is the one we are most grateful for. Home is our sanctuary. Home is a place where we can go to feel safe. So this year, I will set out to search for such a program or create of my own.
You might be asking what you can do this year. I look at the power in numbers. Look at how many followers at Welcome Home on Facebook....over 465,000. What would happen if each and every one of us decided that everyday for the next 364 days, we were going to do something...anything...to make a difference in a life out there?
What if we kept a few dollars in our car to give to someone who we saw holding up a sign on a street corner? What if we baked bread or cookies to give to a shelter or mission in your area? What if we gave canned goods to a food bank in town or we dropped off a bag of dog or cat food to your local animal shelter? What if we handed out blankets or coats to the homeless? What if we just handed out a box of groceries to someone standing in the unemployment or welfare line?
And it's not always the needy or the hungry we can help. What if we set out to make someone's day better? Like buying that cup of coffee for the person in line behind you at your local coffee shop or paying the toll for someone at the toll booth. What if you see someone who might need help buying groceries at the local market and you help pay the bill? What if you can help that elderly neighbor in some way this year with chores he or she can no longer handle? What if we actually smile at people and say hello to a stranger at least once at day this year?
Judy Garland once said, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe next year at this time, we'd like each other a little more...."
So there is a new chapter for Welcome Home this year and I challenge you to take the pledge to do something for someone on every single day of it. At the end of every day... just before the goodnight baby post... I will feature a post that will talk about kindness and goodwill towards each other. It's purpose will be to allow you to comment on what YOU did to make a difference that day. Like it?
I hope you will take the pledge and get involved....don't just say it. Do something today that will make a difference even in the slightest way...and tonight be ready to share it with all your friends here at Welcome Home. Together we can make a difference my friends. Let work together to do just that.