It is rare that we talk about religion on Purposeful Woman. There are so many faiths, beliefs, and spiritual leanings and we embrace all and their right to believe as they wish.
However, with that said, I read something recently that stopped me short.
For most, we are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and that fateful apple. With one bite of the apple, Eve’s eyes were opened to the truth of the world around her and the fact that she needed to get to Macy’s for a new outfit!
However, Solo, the study guide offered up a single thought that really stopped me in my tracks.
“Chapter 3 (in Genesis) speaks of the rebellion of humankind. And the remainder of the (Bible) details God’s intricate and loving plan to redeem, restore and reconcile creation back to himself after what happened in Genesis 3.”
One action. One bite led to an entire book of stories, examples and teachings to help recover the innocence that once was. Mind boggling to think about and wonder what would have happened if temptation had been resisted.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does. – Margaret Mead
Let’s take it out of the Old Testament and bring it forward to today. When we think that one word, one action, one kindness, one neglect, one decision can’t possible make a difference, we have to realize how untrue that is.
A woman once recounted how she decided against the path of becoming a teacher because of something her father said in passing. “You don’t want to be a teacher, there is no money in that.”
The words were said in a single breath and for him, were forgotten as quickly but for this woman, she has spent the rest of her adult life regretting not following her original dream.
Recently an elderly man was buying groceries at a local store and when the cashier told him the amount due he realized that he couldn’t pay. Again, with barely a thought, a woman at the checkout lane next to his, walked over, swiped her credit card on the machine to pay for his purchases and then was gone in an instant. Like the Lone Ranger, gone before anyone could say thank you.
A single word. A single action. Yet so powerful.
Think today about ways you might change the world with a single action or word of encouragement.
I couldn’t resist sharing the video “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”