Better Than When I Found It

When Simone and I travel somewhere and stay at a relative's house or a friend's house, my wife does something incredible each time. She makes the bed. I know that this doesn't sound remarkable but to me it is. Somehow, she remembers how the bed was made when we arrived and she mimics it and sometimes, I think, makes it better than how we found it. It can get crazy y'all, I've even seen her do it a few times in a hotel room. "Boo, don't you know there are people who come in a do that for you?" I'd ask. She'd do it anyway. It's the Seymour way, in fact. We try to leave things better than we found it.

One of my goals in life is to consistently help people move forward in their lives -- one coffee cup at a time, one meeting at a time, one hangout at a time. I love the idea of investing in someone. Affirming them. Encouraging them in areas where they need it. Bolstering their dreams with a quick, "you can do it". Going to coffee with people or scheduling out time to just spend with someone allows me to step into their world and ask God to use me to make it just a bit better. Maybe it's just a smile, or getting them out of the house, or just saying "you've got a friend in me -- for life". Whatever it is, I want to leave them better than I found them. 

This is what I want to leave the world with. In fact, I want to leave the world better than I found it by my contributions to the human spirit. I love what Solomon says in today's reading:

13 There is another serious problem I have seen under the sun. Hoarding riches harms the saver. 14 Money is put into risky investments that turn sour, and everything is lost. In the end, there is nothing left to pass on to one’s children. 15We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.
16 And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind.
— Ecclesiastes 5:13-16

In all his gloom and doom, isn't he right. We work so hard storing up riches, buying this and that. Showing off. Hoarding it all for ourselves. But how does that impact our world and those around us? I, personally, want what I do to be impactful, never storing up just to take to the grave with me when I die, but utilizing everything that I have to bring light to the darkness, create spaces where everyone and everything is better than when I found it. 


Meiko Seymour