How do these three names relate? Well, President’s Day was this week and since we’re talking about world changers, it seemed fitting to feature a story containing this theme.
A story of small, consistent, even seemingly insignificant actions that had tremendous, world-changing impact.
I sat contemplating the other night as Jen tediously stitched the final beads on a bridal gown’s bodice.
“Small, consistent actions compound quickly and result in beauty,” I thought, admiring the sparkling beads.
BOOM! That’s when Betsy Ross came to mind. Not a president, yet she was working in her Center of Influence sewing flags for ships when George Washington approached her about a much needed standard for the patriots.
The History Channel reports that Congress had loosely designed the flag, but Ross finalized its brilliance (one of the reasons the stars have five points – not six).
Now, consider Mary Pickersgill who was inspired by Betsy Ross and sewed one of the largest star-spangled banners. Her flag was hoisted atop Fort McHenry where, just outside in the harbor, Francis Scott Key was held hostage aboard a British ship.
During the deadly bombardment of the fort that night in 1812, he watched Mary’s flag “galliantly streaming” as the cannons lit the sky. Deeply inspired, he penned “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Think of the ball games, ceremonies and grand events you’ve heard opened with our glorious anthem. Did your heart swell up in reverence?
What are you doing today mother, teacher, pastor, doctor, nurse, police officer, business owner? Do the “thread and needles” seem insignificant at times? Don’t be weary in doing well; you’re bound to reap the rewards!
Consistent actions in your Center of Influence will compound greatly! Like Betsy Ross, imagine the enormous ripple effect your actions can have! Let this vision energize you today. Be a world changer!
If we’re not careful, we can catch ourselves thinking outside-in instead of inside-out. That’s right. We want to change the world so we get right to work…
We quickly share the negative political post because, yes, a lot of politics are messed up; and through frustration, our emotions are triggered, and we respond.
We talk about the downfalls or negatives of others instead of looking inside at what we should change. It’s so much easier to “point out” than to “work on.”
Stephen Covey wisely differentiated two catagories of people.
Proactive people focus on their Circle of Influence (things they can change and influence like themselves, their children, their environment, their responses, etc).
Reactive people focus on their Circle of Concern (things they have little-to-no control over like politics, others, the weather, etc).
So, when the next politically-biased post pops up or the gossip-filled text buzzes in, I’m committing to use the emotional trigger to take an inward look and spend my response to text encouragement, or share a positive thought.
Remember the advice to draw a circle around yourself and change everyone in that circle! World changers do this and all the circles their circle touches are better for it!
Simply reacting to life and living in the Circle of Concern drains so much time and energy – sucks it right out of you! Run to the Circle of Influence! Start with you. Change the world from the inside- out!
You and I can change the world! Yesterday, we discussed having a firm belief in this concept. Like any dream, though, it’s easy to succomb to the “elephant complex.” It’s just such a big idea – changing the world!
Here are some bite-sized actions you all shared: smiling, complimenting, loving, praying, having manners, being polite, giving, etc.
Some have said, “I’ve tried smiling, it didn’t work.”
Wait, don’t discount you! Don’t discount that you’re one of seven billion. Last time I checked, Fibonacci documented “1” as a counting number! You count! If YOU smile, you’re changing the world.
What example do our kids see? If we discount ourselves, they’ll likely discount themselves. Know this! Changing the world starts with believing you can, and realizing that you only control what you do is vital.
Sure it’s going to have ripple effects, but if you were the only change to ever occur, that would be enough. Smile today.
How do you make people feel? When someone meets you, do you breathe life into them? Do you truly care for others? Do you listen, not for calculated response, but to truly listen to what they’re saying and how they’re feeling?
When our minds are in a state of uncertainty, fear, competition or comparison, we are not ready to offer hope and grace through encounters with others.
However, we can get to the place where our faith is bolstered, our eye’s on the future, we compete with only ourselves and fear of others’ opinions doesn’t haunt us. This is freedom. This is where living to inspire happens!
Running this morning, the blooming flowers jumped out at me! They are blooming early due to the exceptionally warm winter we’ve had, and they just thrilled my spirit!
Flowers may just be one of the greatest expressions of grace and hope man has discovered. We buy and send millions of flowers for the happiest and saddest occasions in life.
Flowers give you feelings of love and hope! Flowers say so much yet never say a word. Couple things I stopped and considered on Maney Avenue this morning:
- Flowers are open. They smile at all who walk by. They use open gestures and welcome people and tiny noses in.
- Flowers are there. They are present. They don’t say anything at all, yet they say so much!
- Flowers are encouraging! Consistently giving off a feeling of springtime – a feeling of life!
- Flowers are forgiving. They get trampled on, but they’re resilient and grow again with the same strength and dignity to offer encouragment once again.
- Flowers are growing. Always soaking in watet, rooted in good soil, and drinking in the sunlight.They know without growth and nutishment, they’ll wither and cease being able to give.
The list can go on and on. Here’s the deal. People will forget what you did and what you said; but, something they’ll hang onto forever is how you made them feel! Be a flower and make people feel incredible about life!
Superbowl 51 is here! Who are you rooting for? Patriots? Falcons?
Millions of people will watch two teams battle for this notable, American championship! Living in Germany, football wasn’t even a thing; well, it was – soccer!
Football is so interwoven into American culture and does a ton of good for young people, colleges, team spirit, charities, business, etc. Most Americans will make time to watch football!
We make time for the things that matter to us. Here’s the million dollar question. Do the things that matter to us hold eternal value?
Last week I visited one of my inner-city kids. He was tossing his football vertically into the air and catching the return.”Junior,” I hollered, “right here!” Within 10 minutes, 20 kids were out playing with us. Simple example, but here were a group of kids just waiting for someone to take time for them!
Eternal value! That’s it! I want to make time in my life for people, for inspiring and encouraging others wherever I’m at. People are eternal beings, so making a difference for somebody is eternal work!
While rooting for your team this weekend, think about who you’re making the time in your life to root for? Eternal purpose stokes your inner energy – guaranteed! Boom!