I want you to take a minute and ask yourself this question: When was the last time I made someone feel special?
When was the last time you went above and beyond to make a difference for someone?
When was the last time you did something for your spouse, your kids, your team, or a stranger?
I was inspired last week on Valentine’s Day by an 8th grader named Ryan.
Last year on Valentine’s Day, as a 7th grader Ryan noticed some girls had more flowers and gifts than they could carry and others had nothing, He decided he wanted to make every girl feel special on Valentine’s Day and so Ryan made a goal to present a carnation to every girl at American Fork Junior High.
He started working odd jobs around his house and doing all he could to make enough money to carry out his goal and by Christmas he had enough to make it happen. So, with his mother’s help, he ordered 1000 fresh-cut carnations from Columbia. They arrived a few days before Valentines and Ryan and his helpers prepared 947 carnations for 947 young ladies – one for every girl in 8th grade. One by one they tied a small card to the stem with a variety of inspiring messages.
Last week on Valentine’s Day every 8th grade girl at American Fork Junior High School in Utah went home feeling special because of an exemplary young man named Ryan.
I think we should try to all find ways to make others around us feel special.