Have you ever felt like the problems in front of you were so vast and overwhelming that there was nothing you could do?

I have.

Sometimes we can find ourselves so discouraged by what is going on around us that we become petrified by fear and worry, afraid to do anything.

Our world today is so broken, and I have found myself asking, “What can I do?”

While reading the Scriptures this week, God brought me to a passage in Ephesians 5, which says:

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1–2 (ESV)

Have you ever seen a child imitate their father or mother?

Most children try to copy everything their parents do because they want to be like them. Even without the parent’s knowledge, a child often picks up behavioral patterns they see in their parents.

The interesting thing about children who imitate their parents is that they usually don’t wait for people to notice them. They don’t ask for permission to imitate their parents; they just do.

The Scripture says to be imitators of God as beloved children and to walk in love. When I read this, I thought to myself, “This is it. This is what I can do to make the world better.”

Walking in love does not require anyone else’s permission. You do not have to have a huge platform to walk in love. You can walk in love every day, by the way you treat people and the choices you make.

Everyone influences someone.

Maybe you have influence in your workplace, in your household, or at your school. Perhaps you have influence over a friend, a spouse, a co-worker, or a child.

In a world that desperately needs love, everything counts. Every chance you have to walk in love and to show love to someone else is significant.

Don’t wait for permission. Don’t wait for a following from thousands of people.

Start here.

Start now.

Start today.

Be an imitator of God, as His beloved child, unashamed of your Father. Walk in His love and show that love to others in all you do.

When you walk in God’s love, you can change the world one step at a time and one moment at a time.

How will you walk in love today?

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. John 4:18 (ESV)