I will . . .

October 2, 2018

Our world today is so full of hate and greed! It seems to be everywhere from our high government officials to men and women walking the sidewalks next to us and yes, even the bullying on the playground and in the classroom! Where does so much evil and malevolent behavior find it’s way into our society? How can we deal with it and change it for the better?

Austin Swayne, the Youth Director at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, preached a sermon entitled; I Will Serve the Kingdom. You can hear this thought filled and thought-provoking sermon by going to www.CGUCC and clicking on sermons. Austin asks the question, “How can this world filled with brokenness, pain, and evil be healed”? The simple and yet problematic and challenging answer is “one step at a time, one brick at a time and one person at a time”!

So how do we do this? How do we make this happen? Or better yet, how do I do this? How do I make this happen? My answer is by being the change we want to see happen!

  • I will . . . be kinder in traffic, let that person in such a rush cut in front of me without comment or gestures.
  • I will . . . greet people on the sidewalk with me with a smile and a friendly hello.I will . . . acknowledge the very old and very young as people and take time to listen to what they have to say.
  • I will . . . greet the cranky clerk, waitress, bank teller, customer service rep with a smile and thank them for doing their job well.
  • I will . . . be kind. I can be any thing in this world that I want to be – so why not be kind.

Respond to this post and let me know how you will finish this sentence. I will . . .

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