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Hashtags fascinate me - the different ways that a word or string of words, joined together with a #, can connect disconnected people. #prayforparis. #introvertproblems. #putonyourpearls. #fmfparty. People who don't even know each other can share in a common cause or have a conversation.

There's so much impact for good that can be had when people work together. Projects like Fair Trade Friday can only exist because a large group of people want to change the world and look good doing it for $32 (the original monthly box), $14 (bracelet of the month), or $12 (earrings of the month) every month - not much for each person doing it, but when you add them together, you may find that a whole group of women somewhere in the world can feed their families and send their kids to school for six months, because of a single batch of earrings made with dignity and artisan skill.

It's easy to look at our handful of change (whether that's literal cash or a God-given "talent") and see it as Not Much. But when we unite for a common cause, joining together first with Him and then also with each other, we can see a positive impact made beyond anything we could achieve alone.

It's Five Minute Friday! Each week a flashmob of bloggers gather, internet wide, to write for five minutes (no stopping, no editing) on a prompt provided by sweet Kate, then link up and share a little comment love. For more info, more posts, and/or to join in, head here!


Tara Ulrich said…
Sarah, so fun. Hashtags are fascinating aren't they?! I love that we can be united for common causes.
I Will Bloom said…
Love how you ran with hashtags and ended up at the power of harnessed individual acts, however small these individual acts. Great post! Thank you!
Andrew said…
You opened my eyes, Sarah...I never thought of the uniting power of #hashtags.

#6 at FMF this week.
Marie Gregg said…
What an interesting take on hashtags! Like Andrew, I've never thought about them this way. I have a love-hate relationships with social media, but it really does have the power to bring people together for good and for God's glory.

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