I was in the back seat of my pastor’s car as he drove through the busy street on our way to a concert in town. It was sunny, the weather was warm, and we basked in its bright energy.

I was expectant. This will be the first concert I will be attending in April. I could see the few trees that lined the road, fluttering their leaves in excitement. I could see the shops littering the roads bustling with life.

When the car rounded a corner along the way, I saw some beggars sitting down by the roadside, begging for money. I even thought I saw a mad person from the corner of my eye, but I’m not sure. It was a sober moment for me, taking my mind off the positive thoughts I was dwelling upon for a moment…

So… after many detours, we finally reached our destination and to my delight, I saw a female friend of mine also approaching the hall entrance. My pastor parked his car, then we proceeded to enter the hall. I believe my friend felt an eye on her back, so she turned and after seeing me, she stopped and head our way.

She greeted our pastor who replied her with a smile, a hug and a word of greeting. Afterward, I spread my arms and we hugged in our usual friendly manner. Our single hug made me feel welcomed and loved. Our single hug brought me to a place of love. She just has a way of communicating her love and goodness through a single hug. I hope she feels the same too. Chuckles! 

I walked into the hall with an added dose of love and light. I walked into the church with renewed strength for the goodness that is to come. I was reminded of the goodness that is in the world.

What am I trying to say?

I know that at times the world’s problems can seem big and overwhelming and you wonder what you can do to make a difference. I know at times, you witness the chaos in the world, and you feel powerless to do anything.

But the truth is EVERYTHING you do makes a difference! 

Every of your action of love makes a difference.

From the world’s point of view, beggars are a little disadvantaged and cannot take care of themselves. Mad people are also people the world does not care about, but shy away from their very presence.

So, I will be forever thankful to God and to my friend for showing me how much love a single hug can share. 

God has given us everything we need to make the world a better place.

What use are our arms if we cannot use them to hug each other and communicate our love to one another? God has given us countless ways to share our kindness and joy here on earth. 

Let’s share our love and light, one hug at a time. Let’s make a difference today, one hug at a time.

In God’s Love, 

Peace Okunola.