Be Present, Be Involved

As women, we go through many seasons in our life journey. We are wives, mothers, teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, entertainers, politicians. Whatever we are, we are all important. We are all charged with becoming life givers and not just life takers.

I remember an instance a few years back as I sat in line at the Starbucks drive through. As I pulled up to the window to pay for my drink, I was told that the car ahead of me had paid for my order. Astonishing!   I thought, “What a nice thing to do!” And because that stranger decided to bless me, I chose to bless the car behind me. A small gesture to be sure, but we have been taught to pay it forward, haven’t we?

Today, more than ever, we should embrace who we are, stay strong in our faith and pay it forward with kindness. As we go through our daily routines, you never know whose life you might touch with nothing more than a simple smile. I remember walking into the grocery store one day when someone I didn’t know came up to me and said, “I just wanted to tell you how nice you look today.” And that small gesture put a smile on my face for the rest of the day. One small gesture, but it touched my heart.

Micah 6:8 tells us to, “Do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly.” To be sure, with the political atmosphere today, the shootings and the protests it seems almost impossible to be kind. But we have the power to really show up and step up. We can all agree to disagree, and just get along. You can make a difference by just being present and by getting involved.

You don’t have to be a super hero to volunteer at your child’s school or help out the PTA. Maybe you know someone in a nursing home who would enjoy getting out for lunch sometime. Perhaps you could read to kids at your local library. Shake a policeman’s hand and thank him for protecting our community. Tell a soldier you appreciate his or her service. You have the power to create an atmosphere of loving kindness within your own homes and in doing so, your children will learn how to also be kind.

We all remember that song that said, “What the world needs now, is love sweet love.” And right now, we all have the ability to bring more love and caring into this world we live in. Trust in yourself, because you can be a community builder! Remember, great communities require remarkable leaders. But first you have to decide what that community is for you. Do you want to get involved with your City Council? Maybe you would like to host a weekly book club? With social media today, perhaps you want to start a meaningful blog. Bottom line, you just have to decide what kind of community you want to build and then set out to build it.

Ladies, we can all help people in small ways. We are all just ordinary people with the ability to do extraordinary things. Find your passion, be present and become involved. You never know whose life you might touch or who you will inspire. Explore different ways to connect with organizations or community groups where you can make an impact.

To discover more about how to move forward in your community, tune in to the Warrior Divas episode with Angie Leigh Monroe and guest host Trasa Coburn at www.divasimpact.com/podcast.

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