Steps are how we make changes -- sometimes the small (baby?) step is the best way to start. Our Scripture reading, today, is in Esther chapter 4. I would encourage reading the whole book because it is a very interesting story of one person making changes - starting with a small step. Our reading, 4:12-17, show this with Mordecai's and Esther sending messages to each other. Esther is Mordecai's cousin, and ward, but now queen living in the palace. Mordecai points out the palace won't save Esther from what happens to the Jews and "who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?"(4:14b) The first step Esther takes is to ask for fasting and prayer saying she will also fast. The rest of the story changes things for the Jews and for history. The Gospel reading, Matthew 5:13 & 14, remind us we are the salt and light of the world. A reminder, from Jesus, of how we are to use our gifts where God has placed us to share God's love.
Small steps, beginning with prayer, to make changes. Changes probably starting with ourselves, then reaching out to help others, so we can follow where God is leading. Changes that just might change the whole world! "For such a time as this" (Esther 4:14) could be just the reason. Sharing the Light of God's Love is the joy and the strength. Advent is a good time to start the preparations.
So....... Start where you are with yourself. Start with small changes. Start with prayer and listening for what God is asking you to do and change. Then show the Light of God's Love to everyone you meet!