I used to close my M-F talk radio program, which I hosted almost 10,000 times, with the following phrase, “Now … Make a Difference in Someone’s Life.” Today, I am taking the privilege to shorten it to “Go M.A.D.” ( Go make a difference).
Last Sunday, a number of us experienced first-hand the spirit of going M.A.D. Around 30 or 40 neighbors (church and community) gathered at Laura Downum’s home to work together cleaning up and out after Saturday night’s flooding. (By the way; Alan, Sandy, and Lindsey Duncan’s home was also flooded, and help may be needed to assist them as well. I’ll let you know when and where.)
Jesus’ life and ministry taught us time and again to “Go M.A.D.” In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus is asked by a man well-versed in Jewish law, “how does a person get to heaven?” Jesus’ reply included, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Today, everyday — it won’t always be helping a neighbor after a natural disaster. Instead, the disaster may be spiritual, emotional, or physical. Your smiling at the Harp’s cashier, or smiling over the phone at an on-line operator … who knows? God knows. But I know, we each can and should make a difference in someone’s life. Now … go M.A.D.