Guest Post by Mrs. Melanie Wheeler

When I was asked to write for Rays of Sunshine, I spent a good amount of time praying and thinking about the mission of this great organization and how they bless many students, teachers, and administrators in Southeast Texas schools. The items these students and teachers receive are usually small, but the difference they make in people’s lives is oh, so BIG!

Many mornings, my heart is encouraged when I stop the scrollthrough the mindless words on social media and read the uplifting words of Daisy or one of the many guest writers. A few words. A little scripture. It’s a small thing. Yet it blesses those who read them in a BIG way!

These thoughts got me thinking about the small acts of kindness that have been extended to me in recent memory and the impact that they have had on me. We can so easily get caught up in the self-focused ways of the world that tell us we are “Made for More” or we need to “Dream Big”. 

Yes, sometimes God calls us to take BIG steps for His Kingdom, like Daisy did in starting Rays of Sunshine. But let’s not allow our pursuit of the next big step to cause us to miss out on the many little ways that God is calling us to bless others in our lives along the way. 

There is a big difference in the feel of a spotlight and the feel of sunshine on your shoulders. One is all about us, the other comes from something much bigger!

As many students prepare to return to classrooms this week, there are some who will feel the sun shine upon them a little more brightly thanks to Rays of Sunshine! Let’s all commit to finding small ways that we can bless those around us. Those small acts of service that God is calling you to do could make the biggest difference in the lives of others. 

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12

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