On curing cancer & changing diapers

As you start this week, remember that you can be a world changer. Isn’t this a favorite quote of ours—be the change you wish to see in the world? We even tell our kids this sometimes, that they can change the world.

Well, you can too. It’s just a matter of remembering what it means to be a change, and sometimes in which world you’ve been placed to influence. Most of us won’t be Nelson Mandela or Marie Curie, but to some people in your life, you might as well be. Your kids. Your new neighbor. The homeless man you drive by every morning. That one person in your life that could use a word of encouragement. You know the one.

In the midst of your week’s everydayness, don’t forget to change the world around you, even if it’s in the smallest of ways. Be brave and call up that person who seems like could use a new friend, and ask her for a coffee date. Give a hearty sack lunch to the gentleman living on the street, and perhaps even chat with him a few minutes to hear his story. Change that millionth diaper today with a heart that wants to serve, because that bottom is on a fellow world changer, and your cleaning it matters (even though it never feels like it).  It might not be curing cancer, but it matters just as much.

When you offer a new mama the chance to nap while you watch her newborn for a few hours, you’re changing the world.

When you offer a love note in the lunchbox to your little one who’s nervous about his first day of school, you’re changing the world.

When you start a nonprofit for orphans, you’re changing the world—but you’re also changing it when you read a book to a little one who just might one day found an orphanage.

When you fold laundry and make dinner and then wake up to do it all over again, you’re changing the world.

Be brave and try big things, but don’t forget about the little everyday things, too. If you wish to see change in the world, there’s nowhere nobler to start that in your local domain and within your four walls.

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31 Comments

  1. Angela

    This is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Heather

    “when you fold laundry and make dinner and then wake up to do it all over again, you’re changing the world.”

    Yes! Thank you for this 🙂 Perfect for this Monday morning.

  3. Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas

    Just what I needed to hear this morning on our first day back from vacation in the mountains and getting back into “real life” in the FL heat. There’s important and precious work to be done! Thanks, Tsh.

    • Tsh

      Getting back to the real world after time away is always challenging, isn’t it? Grace and peace to you this week. 🙂

  4. Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha

    Yes, a million times yes! I love this ~ so inspiring. It is absolutely the little things that help us to be daymakers to others.

    • Tsh

      “Daymakers to others”—love that.

  5. Heidi @ Decor & More

    Today is my first day back in the classroom for a new school year — thank you, Tsh, for such a timely reminder!! Blessings to you today ~ Heidi 🙂

    • Tsh

      Remembering this is very new school year-ish, isn’t it? 😉

  6. Taynia @ The Fiscal Flamingo

    I shall go forth today and change diapers with a purpose. Such a wonderful reminder we are all here to serve and our service is life changing. To someone. And to ourselves.

    • Tsh

      Yes!

  7. Jenn @ A Simple Haven

    Oh, love this, Tsh! Such a good perspective to start the day with.

    “That bottom is on a fellow world changer, and your cleaning it matters” is probably my fav line. I may even write it on a sticky note above the changing table :).

    • Tsh

      That’s perfect. I had quotes from Mother Teresa and Brother Lawrence above my oldest daughter’s changing table. 🙂

  8. Christine C

    Sometimes I swear you know what’s being said in my house. I was just telling my lovely husband that I am so over cooking and cleaning and drudgery. He reminded me that I work for the Lord. And this really helps too. Thanks for a great way to start the week!! Now off to clean the kitchen and start laundry and clean bathrooms. After all, home is a haven.

    • Tsh

      Well, these Monday benedictions are mostly written for me, because I need to hear them. So I’m happy when they resonate with other readers, too! 🙂

  9. Jessica

    ‘When you offer a new mama the chance to nap while you watch her newborn for a few hours, you’re changing the world.’

    As a new mama I can vouch that this really does change the world – it changes my world that’s for sure!

    • Tsh

      Amen!

  10. Jenna

    “When you offer a love note in the lunchbox to your little one who’s nervous about his first day of school, you’re changing the world.”

    Thank you.

  11. Faigie

    Do you want to hear the Jewish spin on that? Our job in life is to imitate G-d and as he is the ultimate, altruistic giver, the best thing we can do is imitate him by giving without expecting anything back….and that helps change you which helps change the world

    • Tsh

      I love that, Faigie. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Breanne

    These Monday benedictions are one of my favourite posts to read on a weekly basis. Such good perspective and I’m so glad I read this one. It was so good for today and re-thinking about my role as a mum.

  13. Sara

    Thank you, Tsh!

  14. Kelly Wiggains

    Tsh, Thank you for such great insight today. I love Mondays on your blog. Changing the world is all about perspective. If we all approach our daily lives as a chance to change the world, little by little, I think our world would change.

    • Tsh

      I think so, too, Kelly.

  15. Archer

    I am really liking your Monday blessings. Thank you!

  16. Heather

    Thanks for saying this. It’s nice to be reminded when diapers and other repetitive tasks wear on you. 🙂

  17. Colleen

    Thank you for this. I sat down to read blogs in order to take a break from life’s duties. I’ve a great husband and great kids, but it’s been one of Those Days. I’d been praying about life and come to the conclusion that I need to be mature, even if I feel like curling up in a ball somewhere. Then I check in here and this post seems to be confirmation of my suspicions.

    But. It’s not about merely keeping one’s nose to the grindstone. It’s about faith that the little things do matter. And the little things matter to me, so why not pay it forward and provide the little things for others, with love & with grace.

    Hope this makes sense. Long day. But I will strive to end it on a positive note within my domain and my four walls.

    • Tsh

      Totally makes sense, because I’ve had many of Those Days, too. Grace and peace to you, mama.

  18. Emily

    I think one of the smallest changes that can have the biggest impact on the rest of your day and the days of those around us is our attitude.

    I know if I’m grumpy and low on patience, I can’t expect my toddler to agree with me. Who wants to appease someone with a sour puss look on their face?

    I’m so glad you post usually on Mondays, Tsh. It really gives me a good start to the week!

  19. Kelsey

    Oh I love this, especially the phrase about the bottom of a fellow world changer, how sweet and perfect.

  20. Naomi

    I loved this! I was putting together my next Weekend Whimsy and had JUST spent time on Twitter putting together my “world changers” twitter list. YOU got put into the “Live Free” list .. but now, my dear? I think you need to be moved over into the world changers side of the coin!

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