At what point are prayers and thoughts not enough? I’m a strong believer in the power of prayer, but I’m also a strong believer in the power of actions.

Without actions, not much will change. This applies to all aspects of life whether it be your health, career, personal goals, county improvements, political aspects and everything in between.

We need to stand up and actually work towards making things better and improving our circumstances.

It doesn’t take much effort to sit at your computer and comment on Facebook about how terrible things are and do nothing to change them.

If you aren’t happy with your body, then exercise or watch what you eat.

If you aren’t happy with a community event, then volunteer to help with the next one.

If you aren’t happy with how politicians are running our country, then find people you agree with and support their campaigns. Or even better yet, decide to run yourself! You might not have the education or experience to run for president, but our school boards and local government need great candidates as well.

We need to stop being lazy, stop the talking and start actually doing something.

While some of our world’s problems seem a bit daunting, it’s still possible to make an impact with smaller actions. You can also make a big impact on local issues.

If everyone worked on improving their local areas, then the country as a whole would be better.

I think a lot of problems could be improved upon if we just paid attention to how we treated each other and chose to respond with love instead of hate.

Our country is so divided and people respond to each other with such hate in words just because someone has a different political opinion. Or a different stance on moral and human rights issues.

If we viewed a varying opinion as different instead of wrong, maybe we could work together easier to forge our way to a better solution.

 We spend so much time hiding behind a screen fervently typing our comebacks to people who disagree with our political views on Facebook. Why don’t we use that time, energy and passion to actually do something positive.

I think a common misconception is that someone has to be right and another person wrong in an argument. But both people can be right. You don’t have to agree on everything. It’s ok to respectfully disagree with someone. The world will not implode.

So instead of calling people demeaning names and insulting their intelligence because their opinion is different; let’s agree to disagree. Let’s find a way to work together and compromise to fix the problem.

If you aren’t happy with how something is going, then please get involved. Share your opinions in a positive way and put forth the effort to make a difference.

Talk to your local elected officials about change you want to see in your area. Share with them your ideas about ways to improve the situation.

Most importantly, choose to make a difference. Choose to stop hiding behind a computer screen attacking other people. Choose to stand up for what you believe in. Choose to be kind to your fellow neighbor and respond with compassion. A little bit of love can go a long ways.