When we look around us, we get a feeling that the world is in a mess. Suicide rates are increasing while church attendance is decreasing. Some people trust in their guns, money, and positions in life rather than working with our Loving God to make our world a better place.

Addressing this situation Coach Dale Brown said, “If there was ever a moment in history when we needed a commitment to make the world a better place to live in, it is now. I’m totally convinced that we can solve any problem, whether it is poverty, financial crisis, partisan and dishonest politics, racism, crime, pollution, drugs, apathy, terrorism, or whatever plague humankind. It all depends on our commitment, determination, and perseverance.

“Great social transformation such as the end of slavery, the women’s crusade, the civil rights movement, and the end of colonial rule all began with public awareness and engagement. Political leaders followed rather than led. A few courageous and committed people caused change.”

So can we.

Author Matthew Kelly tells us what we must do to change our world. He says, “When you feel fully alive, you are living God’s will. It is impossible to ignore or reject God’s plan for your life and be fully alive at the same time. God wants you to be the best version of yourself.

“When you are the best version of yourself, everyone around you benefits as well. Your family and marriage are better versions of themselves. Your parish is a better version of itself. The entire world is better when you are living God’s will. I can’t think of a better way to glorify God. Can you?”

The following reflection is entitled “A Creed to Live” by Nancy Sims.

“Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us are special. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only do what is best for you. Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your very life, for without them life is meaningless.

“Don’t let life slip through your fingers by living in the past or in the future. By living one day at a time you live all days of your life. Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is the fragile thread that binds us to each other.

“Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave. Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible. The fastest way to lose love is to hold to it tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings. Don’t dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope. To be without hope is to be without a purpose.

“Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way. Don’t let anyone’s ignorance, hate, drama, or negativity stop you from being the best person God wants you to be.

“Once we know what we want, we need to be sure that our actions and words are both in harmony with each other. We need to be honest with ourselves and with others. We need to be authentic, not play games, not pretend to be someone we are not. When we have pure intentions, we will act in a real, genuine, and authentic manner.”

Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Before the throne of the Almighty, humans will be judged not by their acts but by their intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.”

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