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Topic: Service (12/21/03)

By Marsha Jordan


Ever wish you could change the world? You can! It doesn't require wealth, power, or talent. Right now, you (yes you) with your abilities and limitations, have tremendous power to impact this world.
Don't believe me? Remember the old song, "Little Things Mean a Lot?" Small kindnesses take little effort, but they can make someone's day. Simple acts that show you care are appreciated more than you realize. Look around and you'll see discouraged people everywhere. They need you. Don't overlook opportunities to brighten someone's life. Not only will your effort be appreciated by the recipient and rewarded by God, but it will enrich your own life. Small acts profoundly impact our world.
I hear you saying, "I'm just one person. I can't make a difference." If you've ever been on the receiving end of a smile, a hug, or a phone call just when it's needed, you know one person's concern is powerful. Do you compare your contribution to a drop of water in the huge ocean? Mother Theresa's theory was "The ocean would be less without that drop."
There could be no mountains, if not for the tiny grains of sand of which the mountains are made! Little things pack a big punch. A short note of encouragement takes only a moment to write but delivers an important message of love and concern. Your optimism, encouragement, empathy, and time can lesson someone's load and make their life journey easier. You may be exactly what someone is praying for right now! Open your heart. Show you care. Share a little love.
If you're wondering how you can share some of the love in your heart, consider visiting the Hugs and Hope Club web site. There you'll read about sick children who need some cheer. You can send them a card and a smile. Log on to www.hugsandhope.com If you join the Hugs and Hope Club, you can start today making a difference for children . . . one smile at a time.

There's some discouraged brother
Who is needing you today
To smile or to talk with him
Or kneel with him to pray.

Some weary, burdened sister
Has longed to hear you say,
"I'll be your friend, I'll hold your hand.
I'll help you on your way."

The smallest act of kindness,
A word of cheer you've spoken
Can lift a heavy burden
And heal a heart that's broken.

Don't overlook a chance to help
Discouraged folks to see
That God's Word is calling,
"If you're weary, come to me."

As God looks down from heaven
And sees you share His love,
He'll reward your earnest effort
And send blessings from above.

Use the talents that He gave you
Whether great or small.
Send a message to the world
Of how He loves us all.

Author Marsha Jordan is a disabled grandma who lives in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband of 26 years and their toy poodle, King Louie, who rules the household with an iron paw. Once an active volunteer in many scouting, school, community and church activities, Jordan was an energetic homeschooling mom who also worked as a secretary until her life took a sharp turn. Her busy schedule came to a screeching halt when she fell victim to an auto-immune disease which struck her blind for several months. She knows how it feels to be sick, in pain, frustrated, and afraid. When she encountered this roadblock, God steered her into a U-turn, but she continued full speed ahead in a new direction. Through her Hugs and Hope Club, Jordan strives to send a message not just to suffering families, but to all people that we don't have to face life's problems alone. God cares about our pain and desires to be intimately involved in our lives. He wants to help us through the struggles and have a personal relationship with each of us! Jordan likes to remind people that God has a plan for each life. No one is insignificant. And God can do great things with you, even if you lack great talent. It is her earnest prayer that hurting people will come to know the awesome love, peace, and joy available to those who seek God and serve Him. Jordan enjoys creating web pages, collecting and decorating with antiques, rubber stamping, and having fun with her three year old grandson, Cobi, who is the light of her life.

Member Comments
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Ruth Napier12/29/03
God bless you Marsha. How true; we all need to show more love to others. That's the way God is and we're to be like Him. Good article, I enjoyed it very much.
Christine Rhee12/29/03
A very motivating article.......Thank you!!
L.M. Lee01/01/04
never underestimate the power of one.