Just Do Something
Last night I was asked to speak at benefit concert for the homeless. A young man wanted to use his birthday has a way to benefit the impoverished of our city. As I walked up to the stage, impressed by his hopeful heart, I wondered what I was going to say, but as I looked around the crowd the words automatically came.
It does matter.
I used the analogy of lattes. I explained to the crowd how a few months ago it occurred to me that if I could spend five bucks a day on some sort of specialty drink, I could afford to put five bucks toward something good. Overtime, saving five dollars a day for seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, I had $1,820.00. I went on to explain that if each person in that room did the same, within a year we would have around $91,000.00; that’s a pretty big result from such a small act. One brief moment with my sister had a similar impact. One statement changed my perspective and put me on the path that led me here. She said, “I don’t care what you do, but do something.”
That’s it. “Do something.”
It doesn’t have to be grand.
Doing something doesn’t mean you have to do something grand. It just means you need to do. It’s better to be doing something than nothing. The young man last night did something, and so did I by speaking; and today I am doing something by writing this post or article. One small word from this post or article might change your mind or give someone else hope. One small act of kindness today might change somebody’s world tomorrow.
Small acts of kindness do matter. This young man had decided to use his birthday as a way to bless those less fortunate in our community, and while that may not seem like much on the surface, I am sure its impact will be felt for years to come. I encourage you today to “do something,” anything, remembering, that every act done in love no matter how small will have a huge impact, even if it takes some time for you to see it.