Reflections from NYG
by Sarah Orth
At NYG I learned that you don’t have to be older or more powerful to do good in the world. That even as a high schooler, you can do things to help others. Even the simple things can make a difference, like just standing up for what is right. But, then again, even that can be hard. Especially if you are shy. When I get back I am going to try to just be less afraid. I want to do good, but usually I am just scared to… say hello to a lonely kid at school, or hand my extra car snacks to a homeless person on the side of the road. I need to change that. I think that God wants all of us to just step up and do what is right. Even if what is right may be frightening to you, or scary. And just be more willing to help in general.
I will always think of Shane Claiborne and how he fed the homeless even though the state banned it. And Nadia Bolz-Weber, who talked about how everyone is different and you can help by just accepting that. And Valerie Rivas, who went all the way to South Africa and helped others even though her family didn’t approve. We don’t need to do things as big or intense as Valerie, but what she did was still really brave and awesome. What we need to do is just help each other out.
Random Acts of Kindness is a club at my school that demonstrates a movement to change. And in the movie, Evan Almighty, I will always remember how Morgan Freeman (who played God) said that it is the little things you do, that when put together, will really change the world. So, when I get back, I am going to try to do one act of random kindness a day. Because when it all adds up, it really is the small things that make a huge difference.