I love walking
around a lake that lies just a few miles from my home.
The lake is surrounded by trees and its paths are beautiful no
matter what season of the year it is. I have gotten in the
habit of taking my children with me on these walks as well.
They seem to enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and oneness
with nature as much as I do. My kids, however, do have one
other reason for enjoying the lake. Like all children they
enjoy tossing rocks out into the middle of it.
They see how far they can toss a rock across it and watch the
endless ripples that appear from the splash. I often wonder
myself how far those ripples would go if the shores of the lake
were not there to stop them.
A loving act, I think, is often like dropping a rock into the
water. Only this time there is no lake shore to stop
the ripples. The ripples from your loving act continue to
flow onward and outward, touching the hearts and souls of everyone
with no end that you can ever see.
If you don't
believe me, then try it out for yourself. Say something kind
and loving to everyone you meet today, smile at everyone, send out
thoughts of joy and delight to everyone you pass, help everyone
you can without being asked and watch the effects. You will
be amazed at how people will brighten when touched by your love
You will be amazed at how they will take it
into their hearts and pass it on to others. You will be
amazed at how your few acts of love will ripple out to change the
world around you.
to choose and share all the love and joy you can today. It
may seem only a drop in an ocean, but God will make sure that the
ripples spread out to touch the entire world.
Joe's a happily married father of three
who lives in the mountains of West Virginia.