Small Change

March 17, 1999
by Mary Daniel

Psalm 90:17 – And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us: yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. (KJV)

I love to see the dew drops glisten as they cling to the bare branches of my birch tree. Love the way the water whooshes up around the wheels of a car driving in the rain. Love to walk out in forty below weather, when the cold crisp air frosts up any moisture on my face. I love to listen to the little stream rushing over the rocks in the gully behind my house.

Many, many years ago, my friend's children sported shirts that said something like "Got any spare change?" The shirts were promoting a small-production movie and suggested that even our small change contributed to producing bigger things.

The sign on the board outside the little church close to my home said "We must be the change we want to see in the world."

All change begins with us. They needn't be big changes. Small changes work wonders: changes in attitude; changes in appreciation of the beauty around us, of others, of all that we have, of all that we are given, of all that is ours to share; changes in our perception of what others are saying, of what we think they mean, and how we react. They all count.

If we "let the beauty of the Lord be upon us", if we appreciate it, and reflect it, others will see it in us. We can "show" the change we want to see in the world.

Prayer: May we strive, each day, to remember that even our smallest changes contribute to bigger and better things. In Your name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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