“If you want to change the world, go love your family”.
– Mother Theresa
This quote from Mother Theresa has been running through my mind so much recently.
It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed whenever we scroll our social media feeds and hear the news. We live in a time where we are bombarded with so much chaos and information every time we pick up our devices.
It often feels like an unending task to try and fix all the craziness in the world. However, instead of worrying about everything, there are two simple things we can do to make a positive impact on those around us.
1. Look to God for direction and trust Him.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
When I get stressed out, I need to remind myself that God is in control – even when it may not seem like it. He asks us to come to Him in prayer with all our worries and concerns.
2. Love those around us well.
For me, I’m a mom of 3 boys with another child on the way so my family is top priority. I have amazing husband and first, I want to love my husband so I can have a strong marriage. That is going to help my children most of all and I want to have that beautiful bond with him. Secondly, loving my children and being present with them is always my goal! Also I want to respect my mother and my father and everyone I share life with.
Our families are sometimes the hardest people to love because we see all of their flaws so clearly.
However, love – especially selfless love – is one of the most powerful forces of change.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”
Our world will be changed for the better as people one by one witness and experience this love. When we love our families, people see this in us.
Maybe you’re not a mom or a dad, but you can still love your people well and put your focus on them. I’m cheering you on to put the scrolling down and go be a good friend, brother, daughter, sister or whatever your role might be!