Loyola Week 2012 happens to fall during the week of the Presidential Election. This significant event allows the American people to choose their future. The right to vote is a right that Americans have fought many years for. This right remains a privilege to many people across the world. As an American woman, I appreciate every person that stood and continues to stand for my opportunity to cast my vote. This is a big event that will impact the future of Loyola, New Orleans, and the world. Each American citizen can participate in a small way; however, the end result will be a very significant decision. I appreciate my fellow Americans, and their decision to vote.

Appreciation of things great and small can be extended far beyond the 2012 Presidential election.

From the gift of waking up in the morning to celebrating the success of a loved one, the many events in our lives can be overshadowed by the stress of the world. Many Americans have differing opinions on the standards for great and small; however, we are called to be thankful and appreciate everything that comes from God.

Romans 8:28 says,
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

This comforting promise shows that nothing is impossible for God.  He calls his followers to rejoice in the promise that if we love Him, and we do His work in this world, everything shall turn good for us in the end.

As we sit and dwell in stressful situations, remember God’s promise as He calls us to appreciate the things both Great and Small in our lives.

What do you appreciate in your life? How do you reflect your appreciation in your actions?

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