You only need a spark to start a whole blaze.

This week’s topic is virality which means “the tendency of an image, video, or piece of information to be circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another; the quality or fact of being viral.” We watched a video on the ALS ice bucket challenge and how it went viral. The challenge helped raise awareness for ALS and weekly donations went from $14,000 to $168,000. They talked about how exposure was what they needed and using this challenge was exactly how they got it.

Then I read an article which gave the scientific take on viral marketing. The article gave three reasons that things go viral: “1. It was positive, dwelling on positive issues or topics. 2. It evoked a strong emotional reaction (joy, fear, anger). 3. It was practically useful.” I think the ALS challenge was extremely good at all three of these things. The challenge started with one person and then it grew from there. It grabbed the hearts of celebrities, organizations, and everyone in between. Since July 29, 2014, The ALS Association has received $115 million in donations! One of my favorite quotes is from Margaret Mead which says: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

A few weeks ago at church, they had a revival. What got me thinking a lot is how in order to spark a change, it starts with one person. It just takes one person to change their heart and start a fire. In order for revival to happen, we have to first change us. We have to work on our heart and that will change our actions. All it takes is a spark.

“You only need a spark to start a whole blaze
It only takes a little faith
Let it start right here in this city
So these old walls will never be the same”

So, that is my prayer today. I pray that you start a fire in me. I pray that you change my heart. I pray that you move me. I pray that you use me. I pray that I take Unspoken’s song with me this week. Lord, let your light shine, let your light shine for all to see. I pray you start a fire in my soul. I pray that you fan the flame and make it grow so, there’s no doubt or denying. I pray that you let it burn so brightly that everyone around can see that it’s you that we need. Lord, you are the fire. You are the flame. You are the light on the darkest day. We have the hope we bear Your name. We carry the news that you have come to save. Only you can save. Lord, help me to share that news. I pray that I share your love with everyone I meet. I pray that your love shine through me so, all they can see is you. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

It’s the prayer in an empty room.

Yesterday, was not my finest. It was one thing after another that messed up. I was riding in the car and on the radio some guy was telling a story and told this person that sometimes the Devil throws punches because you’re special. It reminded of a part in a Taylor Swift song: “People throw rocks at things that shine.” Sometimes people hurt our feelings. What matters is how we react. Michael Jordan said: “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” Lord, we can’t control what others do or say to us, but we can control what we say and do. Trent Shelton said: “You’ll never be enough to somebody who can’t recognize your worth. You can’t make them see what they choose to stay blind to.” There is no point in concentrating on what others see in us. What is important is what You in us.

When I got home, on my desk was this quote I had written down a while ago. It said: “It’s ok to be a glow stick, sometimes we need to break before we shine.” Lord, sometimes we need the bad days to remind us how good the good days are or so we can be reminded that there is still good in the bad days. Sometimes, we need to fall on our knees before You in order to realize what’s important. Taylor Swift said: “There’s a fire inside of you that can’t help but shine through.” Even on our bad days we can still shine for You.

In a conference, I attended, where Hannah Brencher was speaking, she read this quote that has stuck with me. “Bless me with enough foolishness to believe that I can make a difference in the world; so that I can do what others claim cannot be done.” I loved that so much! Lord, You are teaching me to be more and do more, every single day.

Max Lucado said: “Live in such a way that the world will be glad you did.” Changing the world doesn’t take much. All people have to do is change their thoughts which will change their actions. Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” All it takes to change the world is really quite simple, just show more kindness. All we have to do is show a little more love. All we have to do is show a little more of the love and kindness that You showed us.

So, that is my prayer today. I pray that I learn to show more kindness. I pray that I am nicer to those around me. I pray that I am more patient and forgiving. I pray that I am more compassionate and encouraging. Thank you for holding me up. Thank you for giving me my special gifts and talents. I pray that I use them for your will. I pray that I show more of you. I pray that I remember even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.