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How can one ordinary person — you or me — make a positive difference in this world?  I challenge you today to do something .

While the steps might be simple, the outcome could change the world. We are the image of goodness and justice in our small worlds. This is where we change the kingdom.

Day after day we hear about the struggles of families, friends and co-workers. We feel like the whole world has become a cold unfeeling place. I offer you a challenge. A few years ago there was a successful movie and book of the same name written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The last few months has presented us with dozens of ways to do charitable work. Whether we are helping Haiti or gearing up to assist Chile we should be doing something positive in your own world. Here are few steps to change our world

1-Be attentive wherever you are for opportunities to help someone. Perhaps you have an elderly or disabled neighbor who is too proud to ask for help with their yard work or maybe you’re in a McDonald’s or Starbucks and see someone who looks like they could use some kind stranger to pay for their meal.  We just went through a horrible storm. The next storm we have throw some extra salt on your neighbors’ drive. You can change people’s attitudes about the world through acts of kindness and love.

2-Do something nice for someone you don’t know (or don’t know very well). It should be something significant, and not for a person from whom you expect a good deed — or anything at all, for that matter — in return.

3-Spread the word. If the person thanks you and wants to “repay” you  let them know that what you’d really like is for them to pay it “forward” — you’d like them to do something nice for three people they don’t know, and ask those three people to do something nice for three more people. The idea is to consciously increase the goodness of the world.

4-Pay it forward. When you notice that somebody has done something nice for you, make a note in your mind to practice three acts of kindness towards other people, as described in Step 2.

Please tell me how it turns out today. I want to know how it goes.

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