Three things set me wondering during July.
First, a friend said: “Only the rich and powerful can change a nation.”
Second, I read of the amazing reaction of little Rosa Simon’s father after her accidental death in Hadleigh.
He said:“My challenge is to become more like Rosa – more open, to laugh more and love more.”
Then, finally, talking about food banks, someone involved told me they are growing and even impacting on the Government.
So, is it true that only those in high and influential places can change things?
Or can ordinary folk like Rosa’s dad and those of us giving our tins of peas and carrots make a real and lasting difference?
I have always hated the phrase “the little man”, meaning those of us living ordinary day-to-day lives, suggesting that we can never rise above our lowly station or be of any value to society.
But individuals can make a statement quietly without hitting the headlines.
Surely every little helps and a loving family member, a caring neighbour, or a dedicated friend must all add something colourful to life’s dullest patterns.
Jesus promised us rich and abundant life, here and now as well as in the world to come.
Like Mr Simon, we can turn the darkest hour into something shining with love and forgiveness.
I believe we can have an effect on our immediate circle and this will surely ripple outwards until ... who can say?
Maybe we ordinary men or women can change a nation.