Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year again. A time when everyone around the world looks at what is wrong with their lives and promises to make changes over the course of a year. Sadly, statistics show only 8% of people achieve their resolutions. Let’s change the trend of New Year’s resolutions and pledge to make change happen. Instead of trying to force change into your own life why not make a resolution for 2014 to change a child’s life? By becoming involved in a child’s life you have the ability to not only change their day, but to impact their lives forever. Many of the children Beverly’s gets to work with have witnessed and gone through situations a child should never have to experience. These kids need a chance to forget the pressure of life and just be carefree kids. At Beverly’s birthday parties, we get to see the children in their natural element- singing, laughing, and playing. Putting a smile on a disadvantaged child may be one of the best feelings. It will truly warm your heart. Until you have your first experience with a child of need, my words are just that words. But to those readers who are lucky enough to have shared an experience with a homeless child these words will derive emotion. Miss Megs is a great example of this and is brought to tears talking about her moving experiences with the children at the shelters we serve. These emotions show that these kids have touched our lives. After time spent changing kids’ lives, you will realize you are the one who is actually changed. You can do something positive to not only change a child’s life but your own. The best way to implement a lifelong change is to act so that behavior becomes learned. By getting your entire household involved you employ change that will live on far beyond you. Helping others can become a learned behavior that develops into a regular activity of their life. Like a stone tossed into a pond that sends ripples, your simple act to impact one child’s life has the ability to cascade into many lives. Make volunteering a weekly or monthly devotion rather than once a year activity. Let’s beat the odds this year and make a resolution that lasts. Challenge yourself to make a positive change in someone else’s life. Witnessing the moments of happiness you created for others may spark a change within yourself. Before you know it, the person you promised to become year after year in failed New Year’s resolutions will be staring back at you. You may not be able to change the world but you do have the power to change your world.