What would 2015 be like if we were to continue this challenge?
What if we had the opportunity to participate in 365 random acts of goodness in 2015?
We decided it was just too good an idea not to try, so we’ve been participating together in one random act of goodness each day in 2015. We share the invitations each day on on our Instagram account first thing in the morning, and invite our community to click like to commit to complete the invitation in 24 hours. We also share the invitations on our Facebook page. We’d love to have you join us! Having willing hands and loving hearts are the only requirements to use these invitations to multiply goodness.
We believe the smallest act of goodness can be the means of transforming someone’s world.
Has your soul ever longed for a place that would share newsworthy stories with a touch of good?
Well this is that place! Instead of focusing on sadness, here you will find stories of people reaching out to lend a hand, restore hope, or lift a heart.
This spot is dedicated to providing good news.
We have a team of writers dedicated to discovering these good news stories…but we would love your help! If you see good happening in your community and you would like to share it here please let us know and one of our writers will contact you for more information!
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by Shelby Ballif
We were driving the familiar roads through our childhood city, heading home after work for a family party. Conversation was easy after a long work day, and we were just on the homestretch, we saw something that took our breath away.
There was one of those, blind-you-with-beauty sunsets going down, but what was beautiful was below it, earthbound and awkward – a sweet girl in a wheelchair and her father pushing her along – the rest of her family up ahead on the walking path.
The simplicity of the moment kind of stole up on me mid-sentence, and I found myself just staring. Then, it got better. The dad leaned in, putting his weight into propelling his daughter, and began running. They were just coming to a slope on the walking path — a big downhill dip. The daughter flung her arms out wide like wings, and the most beautiful smile broke onto her face, and then his.
(Which obviously, immediately, made me cry with joy.)
And I thought, what a beautiful testimony to God, who is our Father. Who stands behind us and propels us – handicapped, crippled, and flawed people – forward. He of all people, with his son, our Savior, knows the ways we are weak. Yet He is behind us. He has faith in us. He moves us beyond where we can go by ourselves. He pushes us further than is possible for us alone. He, by standing behind us and placing beauty around and in front of us, helps us shoulder difficulty and become more. He takes us from rolling, to walking, to running.
And most importantly, He helps us find those moments where, despite our obvious ailments, trials, and limitations, we feel like His children, glorious, like capable winged-things, taking flight.
One of my favorite testaments of God’s love and awareness came in a small, but glaringly real way. I was spending the day with a friend, having some good faith-promoting conversation. It was a much needed uplift for me at a hard time. For all our chatting, we finished lunch early and felt prompted to walk around the corner to a copy center and take two minutes to print a certain article I’d read, convinced it would provide the healing and dose of the Spirit I was needing.
As I pulled it up, another talk came to mind – one I hadn’t read for a year, nor that applied to my situation. Still, I followed the feeling and queued them both up to print. I had two dollars, and both were lengthy talks. I inserted the first dollar into the machine, and it accepted. When I went to put in the second, it had a rip and wouldn’t work.
I had no change on me, and the Spirit kept pressing on me the importance of printing that second talk. I was only supposed to have thirty cents returned, and I needed seventy. I closed my eyes briefly and prayed to understand how to accomplish the prompting, and right then, exactly seventy cents fell out of the machine. My friend and I both had chills. We kept looking around like we were being punked. The change belonged to no one, and it had been an instant and specific answer to my prayer. I printed the second talk with the exact change I needed and had been given, and we were back on our way.
The next day, that same friend and I were visiting another friend, a soul very dear to us. Within the first few minutes of our visit, he brought up an aching concern in his life that was addressed almost verbatim in the second article we’d printed. We had chills again. We both knew what to do, and handed him the talk. He read the first line, and was stilled.
It was a small thing with huge consequences, and a witness to me that the Lord brings to pass miracles in specific and inspired ways in our daily lives. He knows us, and beyond that, He knows how we can help others. His love is so perfect that He reassured me while providing the means to reassure this friend all in one moment. He shows us every day that He is in the dollars-and-cents-details of our daily lives. He is there, if we will but open our eyes to the little things, to the 70 cent miracles.
We all experience setbacks in our lives: emotional, mental, spiritual and even physical. But what if you knew your setbacks could allow others to succeed?
Post-polio paraplegic statistics might suggest that Wally Cantrell was destined for a wheelchair and not for the sports scene. But Wally thwarted all odds and used his trial of being in a wheelchair as a steppingstone and not a stumbling block. Although Wally had to use leg braces and a wheelchair to get around he competed in the 1972 U.S. National Wheelchair Games for Track and Field where he threw the shot put and discus.
It wasn’t just his dreams he was concerned about, but he likewise became an
advocate for others as they strove to achieve their dreams.
For the past 25 years Wally Cantrell has been coaching track and field. Wally says that he has passion for helping others overcome their weaknesses and achieve things they felt they never could.
Currently Wally is the head coach at a middle school in Southwestern Wyoming where although he cannot run himself he encourages those who can to work hard and do things they never thought were possible. He fondly remembers the story of a young middle school student who tearfully told him that she could never run the 1600 meters. Wally tenderly encouraged the young athlete to try the race and voiced his belief in her. Despite her fears that she would come in dead last if she tried, this young athlete took a leap of faith and decided to put her fears aside and enter the race. By the end of the season that athlete had cut off a minute to her original time and was one of the top runners in that event.
So when our weakness and trials seem too much to bear, let us remember the
example of Wally and embody the word of God:
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
We’ve loved sharing our good news stories each week and rather than just share a story with you today, we have a story combined with thoughts from guest author Jessica Poe. We hope today’s post is a great illustration of why telling our stories and connecting with each other is so important.
On the side of my main-squeeze mommy job, I’m a freelance writer for the healthcare industry … so, I wake during wee hours to write about or interview patients, physicians or healthcare workers. While listening, I frantically type copious notes; and later I decipher the medical jargon and write up an article. It’s a great gig – I learn so much and I make new friends along the way!
I’ve freelanced for nearly a decade, and I’ve noticed a tender trend:
Heavenly Father purposefully positions conversations that connect with current trials.
Here are three quick examples from the top of my head:
- A mentally ill neighbor created a crisis situation at our house, and just a few days later I interviewed the Director of Behavioral Health at a major hospital (who gave me tailored counsel).
- I interview phenomenal pediatricians about common childhood issues, and improve my mothering based on their words.
- I’ve talked with countless kind oncologists, oncology nurses and hospice care specialists as my father battles cancer – each sharing their empathy and knowledge.
This tender trend of connecting conversations shows up in everyday life too! It seems, no matter who shares their story, nuggets of personalized-truth come with it … truly, there are no coincidences. God places us purposefully around others. He intends for us to teach one another, and learn from one another … and for that to occur, we must speak – and listen – to one another!
Just last week, I heard Julian Martinez’ story – and the timing, again, proved impeccable. Initially, Julian’s wife thought he was having a stroke … but the Emergency Room physician announced a different diagnosis: an aggressive baseball-sized brain tumor. As soon as a proper surgical team could assemble, Julian underwent surgery to remove approximately half of his brain.
Julian told me about the weeks recovering in the ICU; and how the first question he asked his oncologist was, “Do you have faith?” The oncologist confirmed that she is a person of faith. From that moment on, Julian and his doctor began a physical journey with a spiritual outlook.
As Julian underwent radiation of the brain, he sanctified the experience by deeming the thick steel walls as – not a dungeon – but a prayer chamber. With his face masked and bolted to the table, he lay perfectly still physically; while ascending soulfully for those 25 minutes of radiation each day.
Julian nicknamed his radiation therapists his “morning angels” and included them – and every healthcare worker he came in contact with – in his experience. When Julian asked his healthcare team to reverence his time in the prayer chamber, they gladly changed the music to classical and softly interrupted only when necessary. I’m sure Julian’s Christ-like glow radiated the hearts around him, just as the lasers radiated his brain.
I love Julian’s eternal perspective during this dramatic earthly experience. He fully trusts that God has a plan and purpose for the brain tumor trial … and as he shared that very thought with his oncologist, she displayed her faith by saying, “I will have a hand in helping you fulfill His purpose … I will do anything I can to help God do His will with you.”
Isn’t that an exalting goal of our human experience – to fulfill God’s purpose, and help God do His will with us?
I told Julian that we recently learned that my father’s cancer spread to his brain … and that my dad will begin a similar type of brain radiation in the next few weeks. Julian empathetically listened and then gave practical tips (like exhaling when the beams begin, to lessen the metallic radiation taste). He even offered to talk with my dad on the phone.
I know without a shadow of doubt that our conversation was no coincidence! I know God purposefully positions people around us … He lightens our loads by allowing us to share them. He intentionally instructs through the experiences of others. This experience (and the countless others) confirms the blessings of connecting. So, let’s speak to, listen to and learn from our fellow travelers on this earthly journey. We have much to learn, and eternal life to gain. Let’s connect.
As a 6th grader, Haley Steed remembers listening intently as her parents discussed the importance of setting goals one night. They urged Haley and her siblings to write down their short and long-term goals. On the list was a goal that meant a great deal to her: she wanted to earn a full-ride basketball scholarship.
In hindsight, Haley reflects: “As I wrote down that goal, there is no way I could have anticipated the road this one single desire would lead me down.” She had chosen a path that would push the determination of her character to unexpected limits.
Haley’s dream was realized when she received a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Brigham Young University, but her dream would come with a steep road involving 3 ACL injuries.
Haley led the Cougars with incredible success post-injury. Despite her setbacks, she now holds BYU’s all-time assists record. She also ranks third all-time in steals and 3-pointers made at BYU. Haley was named MVP of the 2012 WCC Championships and was named to the All-West Coast Conference Team in the final 2 years of her career.
Haley’s experiences have fostered opportunities for her to reach out and teach groups and individuals how to overcome trials with determination and grace. Her story has inspired countless souls, as it has provided a model of what “faith over fear” looks like. May we each have such courage to overcome circumstance and achieve our dreams.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35)
Picture this: you’re going through a difficult time. You feel all alone. You’re desperately wondering where to find hope. And then it comes: a love letter. Someone selflessly, tenderly reaches out to you with written words. You hold in your hands evidence that you matter—that you’re cared about.
Moreloveletters.com is on a mission to paint the picture that was just described. This unique and beautiful website was created solely to spread the love. Here’s how it works: the moreloveletters.com team handpicks nominees who could use some extra care. Your job is then to read the nominees’ stories, write a letter of support, and send them the love.
With the heartache that surrounds us, it can be difficult to know how to begin helping with the healing process. Moreloveletters.com is a great place to start. As you begin sharing the love inside of you, it will multiply as good things do. We hope you will join the cause in flooding the world with More Love Letters!
Gino Rich understands the power of service and is a passionate individual who believes in enabling others to change their circumstances. For 25 years Gino has been involved with an organization called Sew Much Hope. The project is dedicated to converting older electric sewing machines into hand-cranked models. These modified machines are sent all over the world in partnership with other non-profit groups to help women lift themselves out of poverty. Last year Gino and their foundation sent 135 donated sewing machines to 10 different countries. Something as simple as a sewing machine can be a life-changing gift.
Most of the women who receive the hand powered sewing machines will never know who sent the gift, but the group is motivated by the mantra:
“Work for a cause
Not the applause
Live life to express
Not to impress
Don’t strive to make your presence noticed
Make your absence felt.” – unknown
As women all over the world receive machines, they are able to sell clothes that give them money for needed food, medical treatment, and tuition for school. They also have a way to provide clothing for their children. Gino and his associates’ strive to arm people with portable hope.
Gino says, “What we do has a generational impact on the family… It is the best way I have found to pay it forward.”
As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ may we each in our own way “sew” good seeds in the lives of those around us. As Christ has reminded each of us:
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Visit http://www.sewmuchhope.org to support Gino and his cause to enable families around the world.
“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10)
Sam Bracken is a living example of what it looks like to be refined in the furnace of affliction. While today he is a successful author, speaker, husband and father, his journey to success was one less traveled by.
Sam grew up in Las Vegas, with a home life he’d be lucky to survive. Literally. He suffered unspeakable abuse at the hands of his stepfather and stepbrother, and found himself involved with drugs and alcohol by age 9.
Sam turned to sports when he was 13 years old, leading him to quit the substances he was so early involved with. He grew a special affinity for football and track, and he excelled.
His mother abandoned him for a motorcycle gang when he was 15 years old. Despite Sam’s unthinkable setbacks, he graduated from high school with a 3.9 GPA and a full ride football scholarship to the Georgia Institute of Technology.
When Sam left for college, he found that all his possessions fit inside a single orange duffel bag. This inspired the title of a book he would one day publish, titled My Orange Duffel Bag. As a memoir and self-help book, My Orange Duffel Bag would receive awards in 2011 and help many on their personal journeys to change.
At Georgia Tech, Sam was inflicted with shoulder injuries that were likely to end his football career. Having attached much of his self-worth to his success as an athlete, this was a difficult time for Sam.
In the midst of trying to rehabilitate his shoulders, Sam turned to Coach Curry, his football coach at Georgia Tech for advice. Coach Curry asked Sam to go home and make a binder with four sections in it: spiritual, mental, physical and emotional. He invited Sam to evaluate his life in these aspects and make goals and plans for each section. Curry wanted him to have a well-rounded life.
Through an immense amount of work, Sam reached the spiritual, mental, physical and emotional goals he had for himself. He overcame his injuries and regained a starting position at Georgia Tech. He graduated from college with honors. Sam found the Savior and spent two years teaching people about Jesus Christ on a mission in Canada. This is where he met the love of his life, Kim. They eventually were married and built a loving, Christ-centered home for their 4 children.
Sam reminds us that no matter the obstacle, we each can overcome. Change is within reach. Success is ours to claim when we work and have faith.
“If you want small changes, focus on your behavior. If you want big changes, focus on your thinking.” –Sam Bracken
While reports of domestic violence are often shared through the news, we hope you will enjoy the following case of “domestic love.”
Marjorie and Grant: 93 years old and 95 years old.
Grandpa Grant and Grandma Marjorie live in a small and quiet farming town of Northern Utah.
They spend their evenings sitting on their covered porch, watching the world go by.
As they sit, the smell of cows occasionally wafts through the air and the warm summer breeze touches their worn and wrinkled skin.
Grandma Marjorie had a stroke years ago. Her mind, sadly, has not been the same since.
You see, she has these socks she puts on her fists. As she hunches over, moving her fists back and forth, she explains to Grandpa Grant that these are her boxing gloves.
As the evening wears on Grandpa Grant lovingly looks to Grandma Marjorie and says,
“Marjorie, go to bed.”
Grandma Marjorie says with attitude, “You can’t tell me what to do!”
Grandpa Grant responds again with, “Marjorie, go to bed.”
This interaction happens several times each evening.
At this point, Grandpa Grant reaches over from his chair, which is positioned next to Grandma Marjorie’s couch, grabs one of her “boxing gloves” and gently begins to wrestle it back and forth.
He then leans back in his chair with a smile on his face, and says, “There, Marjorie, that’s your exercise.”
Pleased, Grandma Marjorie then asks him to sing.
You see, Grandpa Grant has a beautiful voice.
He’s already sung several times for her, but she doesn’t remember. And so, she continues to ask.
Grandma Marjorie stays on the couch, while Grandpa Grant’s melodious voice dances through the air.
In the stillness that often comes after beautiful music is heard, Grandma Marjorie agrees to go to bed.
Grandpa Grant promises to be there shortly.
He hobbles step-by-step back to the room to meet his wife, and he climbs in bed next to his love of multiple decades.
Grandpa Grant doesn’t need as much rest as his beloved wife does, which leaves him lying in the dark on his aching back, looking at the ceiling, as Marjorie sleeps.
He’ll sometimes be lying next to her for up to 12 hours, simply because he said he would. Simply because he is her companion.
He does it because he loves her.
One day our bodies may ache and our minds may fail, but true and unending love will pull us through.
Domestic love is a quiet and daily task. Such love is exemplified in the “boxing” matches, the beautiful songs and the long nights of 93-year-old Grandma Marjorie and 95-year-old Grandpa Grant.
“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
How will you fill your home with domestic love?
The miracle of growth is all around us. Tiny seeds grow into towering trees, single sparks turn into rip-roaring fires, and helpless infants become leaders of nations. But there’s a catch: each of these examples require outside support. A young and tenacious Sarah Harris is an example of someone who’s dedicated herself to supporting such growth.
As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Sarah began volunteering at a student-run organization where she assisted a teacher with his debate class. She couldn’t have foreseen the opportunity that would present itself as a result.
When Sarah was only 20 years old, a middle school from West Philadelphia contacted her about becoming the head coach of their debate program. This tough, inner city school was filled with kids who needed an outlet, and Sarah was instrumental in providing a debate program for these kids.
Sarah quickly found out that it’s not always easy to support growth. During an especially difficult debate practice, one of her students began to misbehave. The one-on-one interaction she had that day impacted both her and her student’s life.
“After one very stressful unsuccessful practice, I explained to a young man named Walter what my role was in the classroom and how his negative actions affected the rest of the class. After, I asked him what suggestions he had as a repercussion for his actions. He told me with tears in his eyes that he did not think that he deserved another chance. What a humbling experience! We sat and talked for another few minutes. I learned more about Walter’s day-to-day life, and how he developed anger management problems through years of being neglected and ignored. Together we developed a plan to help him through these issues; Learning of his troubles helped me to be a better teacher and a more empathetic and understanding person. I am so lucky to be blessed enough to know students like Walter. The children I teach have an incredible light. They are rough kids. They fight, yell, text non-stop, etc. but they are incredible human beings that are children of God. Though I cannot understand the true depth of His love, I have experienced some small understanding through my interaction with my students.”
To be clear, Sarah’s debate students do not win often. Many of their practices are devoted to note taking, reading, and goal setting in order to offset the gaps in their own education. Yet, Sarah sees their potential and cares about their future. She doesn’t see these kids as seeds alone. She sees them as the towering trees they can become.
The Word of God has exhorted us to “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature…for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) To discern the potential in someone’s heart is an irreplaceable gift. It is where growth begins.
May each of us have an eye to see potential and advocate growth.
Editor’s Note: We’ve loved sharing these Good News stories the past few weeks with you, and today, we’re thrilled to be sharing a story a little closer to home. We hope you enjoy and feel as uplifted by it as the rest of us have as we’ve watched this story unfold.
Emily Freeman, a co-founder of Multiply Goodness, is passionate in the cause of sharing Christ-like love. A story inspired by such love has recently been fostered in her home.
On August 26, 2011, Garett Bolles’ life was changed forever. After a series of mistakes he found himself on the side of the road, feeling homeless and hopeless at 18 years old. That was when Emily’s husband, Greg, spotted him.
This is a story about family, love, and second chances. A local TV station in Utah recently did a feature story about Garett’s transformative road to becoming one of the top-recruited junior college football players in the nation. Click here to read more and watch the story. And if you’d like to read a bit more about Garett and his journey to change his life by turning it to God, we think you’ll love this post that Emily wrote last month.
Garett and the Freemans remind us that love is the key that unlocks potential. As we extend that love to those who cross our paths, their own path can be changed forever.
Take a few moments to consider what it would be like to receive a personalized gift from God. What would you do with it? How would you treat that gift?
God has given us many gifts, one of which is our talents.
Bud Nations understands the importance of sharing his talents. As an 8-year-old boy growing up in the Midwest, his father taught him how to play the guitar. Music touched him deeply from a young age.
As it does for all of us, time passed and life became hectic. Bud considered giving up music, but a conversation he had with an inspired uncle changed his life forever.
“Are you still playing son?” his uncle asked.
“Yes sir,” Bud answered, “but I’m thinking of quitting.”
His uncle looked at him in disbelief and said, “Oh no son, never lay down a talent the Lord has given you. Many people would love to have that gift and can’t even buy it with money.”
Bud took their conversation to heart.
From that time forward he’s used his gift to sing about and to God. For several decades, Bud has been building guitars and is involved with playing music at a local church he attends. His music has touched and changed hundreds.
One person, one talent—yet no one can measure how many lives have been influenced by Bud’s music. He has chosen to honor the talent God gave him.
Like Bud, we all have days when our talents don’t feel valuable enough to nurture. Perhaps we feel they aren’t polished or significant enough. May we remember Bud in these moments. May we remember the reward promised in the parable of the talents, to those who use what they’ve been given wisely:
“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:23)
What talents has God given you? One person, one talent—how many will you change for good?
Shotgun Jackson and Carly Cash—local radio DJ personalities—are on a mission: to wear 1 shirt for 365 days.
They aren’t making a fashion statement but rather, a service statement.
Here is Shotgun and Carly’s pledge to their listeners at KBull-93:
“We’ve decided to embark on a mission to help the homeless one day at a time for an entire year by pledging to wear the same shirts, every day, as long as one of our listeners does something to help the homeless. The act can be big or small. Talking to someone on the street corner, buying someone lunch, or donating old clothes. We’ll do our part too, and together, just maybe we can make a difference.”
Today marks the 155th day that Shotgun and Carly have worn their shirts. That means the world is at least 155 acts of service better than it was on January 1st.
As part of this undertaking, last month Shotgun and Carly offered a rare and fresh start to Stephen, a homeless man from New York. Watch his life-changing moment here.
Shotgun and Carly remind us that a difference can be made, one day and one person at a time.
What will you do to make a difference today?
Do you love your body?
Erin Palmer—who lives in Provo, Utah—is aware that the answer to this question for too many is a resounding no. As a result, she’s dedicated herself to providing truth about health and body image. Erin’s beliefs about these topics are founded in her relationship with God. Through Instagram and fitness classes, she’s started sharing her unique wisdom with the general public.
Erin believes people need to change from the inside out—that our internal dialogue is what needs to become healthier. She shares some of the following insights to help individuals transform their mental and physical health:
1. “I believe that our motivation for taking care of our bodies should come from a place of gratitude, self-compassion and forgiveness.” Our body should not be our enemy, to be fought or hated. Our bodies are gifts from God, and what if we took care of them as a token of gratitude to Him
2. “In addition to gratitude, operating from a place of love instead of fear is key . . . Our fear of not being attractive enough, loveable enough, on top of it enough, or good enough should never be the reason why we are seeking to make a health change. When we operate from a place of love we are saying, “I am good enough right now, as I am. I want to give my body the movement and nutrients it needs in order to feel healthy and free.””
3. “Pay attention to what messages you’re allowing into your life . . . via media, friends, etc. and then learn to recognize the lies and incorrect ideas regarding your body. It will take effort at first, but it will get easier. As you get better at recognizing “body lies” you can start to challenge them. The more you challenge those thoughts and add positive, constructive thoughts into your life, the less those lies will shape how you think. You will notice that as time goes on, with consistent effort, you will one day find yourself free from negative body talk.”
Erin is open about the struggles she’s had herself with health and body image. Her efforts to promote wellness are fueled by understanding and experience. She shares:
“When I got married, I had a really hard time understanding how my husband could love me as much as he did. I realized that the source of my unbelief came from the fact that I did not love myself. I decided that if he loved me at that moment, overweight and all, I needed to figure out how to love myself as I was . . . I turned to God and allowed Him to teach me about the beauty of my body. That was the start of my journey and it was empowering!”
As Erin started recognizing the power her body had to sustain her, bless others, and even create life, she knew she had a message to share with the world. She says, “My aim is to educate and empower people so that they can take control of their minds and bodies and use them to fulfill their life’s mission.”
Our bodies are gifts from God. Love your gift today!
Editor’s Note: We turn on the news and images of unrest so quickly fill the screen. And yet, open the Bible and its pages speak of good news. Has your soul ever longed for a place that would share newsworthy stories with a touch of good?
Every Thursday, we will have posts from a team of writers dedicated to discovering these good news stories. We are so excited to share with you, and hope you will visit our Do Good page to learn a little more.
Seven billion of us share this planet. We were all created in the image of God and we all came with goodness to share.
When was the last time you looked for goodness in one of the seven billion? When was the last time you thanked one of them for their goodness? A man by the name of Rich Uhl has caused me to ask myself these questions lately.
Rich has been filling his friends’ newsfeeds with selfies. These aren’t your standard selfies though. Each one is taken with a friend and includes a heartfelt tribute to that friend.
By the time I finish reading Rich’s posts about his friends, I admire these people. I am reminded of the goodness in human beings. I log off Facebook wanting to see the goodness in the people surrounding me.
On March 15 Rich posted about why these tributes were flooding his wall. He shares the following story:
“A number of years ago I sat in a meeting with a man whom I consider a mentor and one of the most amazing men I have ever met. As clearly as I can remember during our meeting he said, ‘Since I was a small boy I had the desire to know everyone.’ At first, a few of us laughed at the absurd arithmetic, a number of about 7 billion people. Laughs were stifled when we realized he was serious, then with great humility and deep emotion he said, ‘I love people, I want to know them all.’ . . . Since that experience years ago, I have tried to be more like this man. I try to become a friend to as many people as I can.”
This, along with a few other experiences, led Rich to his motion to #know7billion. He explains:
“One day, I hope to meet you all, know you all and be like my friend, the man with absurd arithmetic and a desire to know 7 billion people. I have selected #know7billion as the hashtag I will continue to share these with, so please join me in helping me share your friends.”
Along with Rich, I invite you to choose a friend today whose goodness you can share through social media. Add this hashtag to your picture so that others can Multiply Goodness too.
The more we know of the 7 billion, the more we know of the God who created us—and as we search for the good in them, we will find the image of God.