(The hubby and I at FMSC in January. I didn't torture people with my camera tonight...)
I love going to help with this. It's easy, fun work. The people who work there are great and the people I go with are energetic and hard workers. And while I know I'm doing something good, I've never really thought about my impact being a large one. I guess I always figured, the nights I'm not there - someone else is. Right? No big deal.
Well, tonight our group leader made a statement that stopped me in my tracks. He said, "tonight, when you go home, take a look in the mirror. The person staring back at you just made a difference in a child's life." I made a difference in a child's life tonight. I made sure 34 kids were fed for a year by the work I did tonight. Those 34 kids will have a better chance at a quality life, at an education, at finding joy on a daily basis - all because I gave up 2 hours of my time.
Yes, someone else could have gone - but without me, they would have had one less volunteer... Maybe only 32 kids would have been fed for a year today instead of 34. Maybe I made a difference to 2 kids today.
Wow. That's something to hold onto. How many other people do we touch everyday - without even realizing it? How often do we make a difference in someone else's life... just because we decided to do something, instead of waiting for someone else to do it?
As I saw my reflection in the rearview mirror on the way home tonight - I smiled and thanked God for the opportunity to do something. What a blessing!
Things I am thankful for today:
1. Cool breezes.
2. Open windows.
3. Sore muscles. (Means a good workout.)
4. Reimbursement checks.
5. Thinking about my littlest sister moving into the dorms for the first time today!
6. Making reservations for a fun night out this Friday.
7. Dinner with some church friends.
8. Flip-flop shaped post-it notes!
9. Feed My Starving Children.
10. Knowing I make a difference in the world.