Just as Moses made a difference, you
can make a difference in your life, family, school,
church, community, and world! The world needs
you -- your ideas, your compassion, and your spiritual
outlook. And, it's never too late to start contributing.
The best gifts are those from the heart.
Moses stopped what he was doing, turned aside
to see the burning bush, and listened to God. And
when God told him that he was going to free the Jews
from the Egyptians, he obeyed. He didn't want to obey
at first, for several reasons, but ultimately he did
Decide to listen:
- When things get crazy, get calm and listen to
God. Let God tell you what to do. And then, when
you hear the answer (even though it may not be the
answer you want) follow God's direction.
- Listen to your family members, friends, or someone
in need. Don't try to tell your own story. Give
them the gift of listening.
- Do you know a person who is alone and needs to
talk to someone or be with someone? That someone
is you! Often, the elderly need someone just to
sit by their side and listen. Take a couple hours
out of your week to go see your grandparents or
neighbors or elderly friends who could use a listening
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt
where they were slaves. He freed an entire people
Help others feel a sense of freedom:
- Offer to baby-sit for a night for free. Or offer
to be a mother's helper for a day for free. Think
of it as volunteer work. It will give the parents
a tremendous sense of freedom, and it will give
you a wonderful sense of "giving freely"
without any "strings" attached.
- See if there is someone in your neighborhood or
church who could use some extra help. Perhaps an
elderly person or single parent could use help mowing
the lawn, buying or carrying in groceries, picking
fruit from their trees, taking out the garbage.
Doing these little things doesn't require much effort
or time. But those who struggle with these daily
chores appreciate our help tremendously. It makes
them feel loved. It frees them from worrying about
how these things will get done.
For those of us in the U.S., July is the month
to celebrate our freedom, specifically our freedom
as an independent nation. Let's take this time to
break free from other types of oppression. Let's free
ourselves from limits we place on ourselves, such
- I can't do that because I'm not creative.
- I'm not good at school.
- I'm not athletic.
- I'm too afraid of failing.
- I've always been that way: I can't change.
Remove limits from ourselves and others:
- Write down what limit you want to remove.
- Make a plan for yourself on how to break through
any obstacle that would keep you from realizing
- Don't get mad at yourself if you make mistakes
along the way, and comfort others when they make
- Recognize when you do well, and congratulate others
when they do well.
- Continue to see yourself and others as free from
- Encourage others to set goals and break through
- Refuse to tell others they can't do or aren't
good at something, and refuse to set any more limitations
Enjoy a greater sense of freedom this month by feeling
free yourself and giving the gift of freedom.