3 Ways You Can Make the World a Better Place
Where I live in beautiful British Columbia, it snowed after Christmas so my kids got to enjoy the fun of playing in the snow and they even built a snow family in our front yard. Unfortunately, that night a kid came by and knocked the head off every single one of the snow people that my kids had created. Admittedly, I was really upset. I knew my kids would be disappointed that their wonderful creation was destroyed before they had another day to enjoy it. That's the moment it hit me: I want my children to be builders. I want them to create, make, and build--not break, tear down, and destroy. Our entire world would be a drastically different place if we all spent our time building rather than breaking the things around us.
Here are 3 ways we can make the world a better place:
1. Build up people with your words.
Do you add value to people's lives or would the people around you be better without you? In the Freedom Session program they phrase it this way: Do you make deposits or withdrawals in other people's lives?
Choose to speak words of life into people! Be positive, uplifting, and encouraging. Look for authentic ways to compliment someone or point out their strengths.
2. Build up your organization with your hard work.
It doesn't matter if you're at a temporary, minimum wage job or your long term corporate career. You should be doing your best work, always! Not only is your integrity on the line, but by always working hard at what you do, you are a positive example to others.
In addition, it doesn't matter how hard you work if you are always badmouthing your boss behind his back and gossiping about your coworkers. If you spend your time complaining and criticizing, you won't have time for creative problem solving. If you want to make the world a better place, you need to be someone who looks for solutions, not things to whine about.
3. Build your life with faith and creativity.
The way you live your life will always be an example to others, and this is especially important if you are a Christian. We are called to be a shining light in a dark world. Our words, our attitude, our integrity, and our work ethic all play a large role in how we are perceived by others.
But more importantly, the way we live our life is important to God.
Do you live your life with expectation of God's great plans for your life? And do you trust God enough to follow His direction? When we choose to live our lives with faith, we stop asking "Why, God?" and start asking "How, God?" We look for creative solutions to live's obstacles, knowing that our Creator doesn't call us to a "normal" life.
You may just be one of 7.4 billion people in this world, but your one life can truly make a difference. If you want to make the world a better place, start with you!