Small Shifts

I’ve been reading a book on organic and heirloom farming that has both fascinated and challenged me. Of course I have dashed out to order seed catalogs, harvest books and swore that I will only touch grass-fed beef from now on. This is so my thing. I love this stuff. I watch every documentary on healthy lifestyles and devour self-help books.. (Whether its good information or not. I still am completely fascinated.)

What surprised me was a quote from another person the author was paraphrasing from. The person was stated to have said that even if just restaurants, not people mind you but restaurants would buy just 10% organic we would change our entire system of how the county does junk food. It surprised me that just that little bit could literally change the entire way a whole nation does things. Not every household shift, or every person’s budgets but just restaurants buying organics. If something like this could shift an entire country and the epidemic of type two diabetes what other things could we change with just a 10% shift?

I have been feeling the pull to create shifts for the better and not just in my personal life. Although that is an amiable goal and important. In the after effects of the shooting in Los Vegas, I am confidant there are others who desire to create shifts that impact more than just the immediate individual or schedule.

How do you make the greater good stand up to so much busyness, a self-centered world, and watered down focus that are so rampant? By doing what the man in the book said. You start with 10%.

10% of your money-making an impact past your own walls. 10% of your meals being healthier. 10% of your time going to something greater than your own personal gain. It may not seem like much but its a start. And it can create big changes. It’s the ripple effect.

As I make a meal for someone who has had a rough couple of months I remind myself to keep creating ripples. Its challenging being in the throes of motherhood and toddlers to see the ripples you are creating on a daily basis. Christ was a poor carpenter with wisdom on his lips and healing in his hands. He didn’t touch everyone in the crowds but He did touch and speak to who was there, in front of him, and in need. Whether you’re a believer or not, the ripple He created in our world is reminder enough of what one person can do.

Lets move toward kindness, goodness, and gentleness. Lets stop for a minute and move past our busy lives to see what we could do for just 10% of our efforts.

At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe (a “literal” translation means “tenth”) of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do. – Deuteronomy 14: 28-29

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