Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—December 31, 2015
“Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that can overwhelm the world”
- Desmond Tutu
So, we have come to the end of the calendar year and are about to embark on yet another “New Year.” It is often a time to take stock, and to re-visit the past year – successes and challenges, gains and losses, joys and sorrows. It is also a time to look forward and set some hopes and goals for the coming year. Advice for New Year’s resolutions pours in from all directions, usually about one form or another of self-improvement – diet, exercise, budget, decluttering – you name it. And there’s usually an app for every one of these and more.
I came across the above quote from Desmond Tutu last week, and it truly resonated with me. I know it is something I preach about with some regularity, and something I try to live. It is the little things that add up, those little bits of good that may seem so insignificant in the moment, and yet make a difference. We may not see the end result, but we can trust that somehow, what we do, what we say, what we give and who we are can, as Bishop Tutu says, “overwhelm the world.”
Imagine a world that is overwhelmed with goodness, kindness and gentleness rather that hatred, fear and violence. Imagine a world where the hungry are fed and the homeless and refugees are safe and housed. Imagine a world where education and healthcare are truly recognized as basic rights for the wellbeing of the world. The kings brought their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. What do we bring? And what will be our “little bit of good” for this coming year?
Peace and blessing,