Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Making a Difference

By C. LaRene Hall

Since it’s early in the year I’m still thinking about what I can do this year to make a difference. I think the beginning of a year is maybe a good time to focus on what I already have. Many people only moan and groan about the things they don’t have. Little do they realize how much is within their reach.

We still live in a world where almost everything is attainable. Maybe with money tight we’ll have to tighten our belts more, but nearly anything is possible.

My husband and I live in a comfortable home—nothing fancy. We have plenty to eat—sometimes too much. If we want to take a trip, we go. If we need something new, occasionally we have to wait, but more often than not, we go buy it.

One thing I’m grateful for is the opportunity to attend church. Now the question is, how do I show my gratitude? The first thing I do is participate by attending the meetings. Then I accept callings to serve. Next, I support others in the things they are called to do. If you aren’t happy in your church, maybe you aren’t doing your part. Reach out and lend someone a hand.

I’m grateful for my family and friends. This year I’m not going to take them for granted. I’m going to put forth a bigger effort to do more for them, and thank them more often for the things they do for me.

This year I’m going to write more and submit more than last year. I’m not going to sit around and wait for someone to publish the things I’ve written. I’m going to submit something every week. This week is almost gone. I better get busy. I had a publisher tell me my story was good, they just didn’t publish that type of story anymore, so somehow I’m going to find a publisher who will take it.

This is going to be a fun year. I want to make my life worthwhile and make a difference to the people around me.

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