And the one poor child that saved this world,
And there's ten million more that probably could,
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them.
- Better Days, Goo Goo Dolls
Ok, not the first band or song that comes to mind when you think about spiritual inspiration. But the other day, in an odd moment when my radio was not tuned in to the Christian Rock channel, this song came on and those lyrics echoed in my head.
I wondered how many things I could change if I said one more prayer a week.
One more a day.
One more an hour.
The world usually thinks about "change" in terms of money. Your $50 can help the parish support its retired priests. $10 can feed the homeless for a week. Just one dollar can get a child in Africa the medicine he or she needs.
Which inevitably leads to a tug-of-war in my head. Did I give enough to charity this week? How many kids could I have fed with the $4 I just spent on that latte? Who suffered because I didn't donate that one extra dollar?
Well, those song lyrics added a whole new dimension to the game. While we are all limited financially in how much we can give, the only true barriers to prayer are dedication and time.
What if I said one more prayer instead of surfing the net? Instead of watching that football game? Instead of arguing with someone?
How many people could I help that way?
How many souls?
P.S. Just to show you I'm a man of action, instead of proofreading this post, I said I prayer for all of you!