"While You're Living, Leave Your Mark"

Sometimes it’s hard to put ourselves into other people’s shoes until we are truly in their predicament.  We think those kids are bad until we have our own. We think we’d handle an abusive relationship differently until we’re the ones fighting for our life. We think we would never succumb to the thought of suicide until it’s us who have lost everything and feel as though we can’t go on. When we’re gone and people say our name, will it hold meaning? Will what we do on this earth leave an impression for generations?

 

I want you to really think on what you have done for others while you have been on this earth. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in what’s not right with our lives that we don’t take time to look at the bigger picture. The world does not revolve around us. How many times have we driven past a homeless person or someone holding a sign that says, “Will work for food”? How many times have we seen someone struggling and not helped? These days’ people are so quick to pull out their phone to record someone in an unfortunate situation rather than helping them.

 

This week is my birthday week and I always do something for someone else because it makes me feel good to give back. Nobody knows about it but me and that person. Whether it’s helping someone with a bill or groceries or helping someone move or helping someone clean out their attic. It got me thinking. Every day I ask God to do something beyond me so why not I do something beyond me for someone else? I choose to leave a mark and no, I may not end up in the history books and I may not get a statue of myself, but I want my good deeds to be so great that it changes lives. Not because of me, but because it was done without looking for anything in return and it started a ripple effect that last throughout generations.

 

I challenge you this week and from here on out to do something for others out of the kindness of your heart and don’t post it on social media or video tape yourself doing your good deed to the world, but just do something and see how it changes your life and theirs. Take someone to go vote, mentor someone, teach someone a new skill, spend time with the elderly and just listen to their stories. The point is to make it about that person. Be selfless, give from the heart and don’t just live, leave a legacy.

 

By: EIC Le'Keshia Smith