And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
When we are trying to make sense of these times and to do and say whatever we can to make the world a better place to live, it can be challenging. I believe that love will always be more powerful than anything that is not love.
There are so many examples of how goodness, even in the smallest acts of kindness, can change hearts and transform lives when done with the faith, hope, and love of God.
Faith, as small as a mustard seed, can move mountains. You may be moving the mountain one stone at a time, but it can be done, with faith in a higher purpose and with others that have that calling.
Having just a glimmer of hope can make all the difference in emotional and physical healing. We are moved when we see even the smallest example of encouragement offered to someone who needs it. We need hope to believe in ourselves and others. Hope keeps us going when life is hard.
Our attempts at love, no matter how meager, become so much more powerful when we let God love through us. Like a single candle, love can light up the darkness. Like a small stone thrown in the lake, love can create so many waves. As with all the resources God gives us, God multiplies our love, no matter how limited it may seem, when we choose to love with grace and mercy, compassion and forgiveness.
When you think that your efforts, no matter how small, can’t make a positive difference, think of Margaret Mead’s quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Here is a song I wrote called “Small Wonders” about how something small can make a big difference.