As a kid, I always enjoyed History as one of my subjects of study. I enjoyed hearing about heroic men and women who risked it all for a greater cause and purpose. All through the Bible, you read the same thing. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds being used for a greater purpose than they could have orchestrated on their own. I too want my life to make a difference, not so much so my name is remembered; but that my life served a greater cause than I could have ever imagined on my own.
Most of the time, it is just regular, ordinary people who did the right thing with courage and fearless abandon that had a great impact. If we are not careful, we will adopt the ideology of that of superheroes like Superman, Spiderman, or Wonder Woman. We keep waiting for some cosmic moment where we will be endowed with a super human qualities, then we will be able to make a difference. (Side note: I am sorry if I just offended someone who loves comic book superheroes and I just poorly described them. I know very little about any of them. My superheroes growing up were Bugs Bunny and Indiana Jones.)
If there were ever a time in our nation’s history that we need men and women of greatness and courage, now is certainly the time. So grab a cape and put your underwear on the outside of your pants while you go change the world. (Please take lots of pictures and send them to me if you do this.)
If you are like me, you want to make a difference and you want to speak truth into the pain of our nation, but have no idea where to begin. What if making a difference wasn’t about doing one great thing, but instead it was a lifetime of a lot of little things. When we think of great people of our nation, we think of people like: Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Nathan Hale, and so on. They were people who rose to the occasion of injustice and did something. But if you looked deeper in their life, you would see that they had a pursuit of doing the right things over and over that ultimately led to the big moments of impact.
Here is just a few thoughts on how to do a lot of little right things over the course of your life to make an impact on the world. You are made to make a difference.
- Pray- If you truly want to make a difference, it will be very difficult apart from a very active relationship with God the Father. He will be your foundation and solid rock when the world turns its back on you. He will be your solid footing when the storms arise. It will be His strength that you will need at your weakest point. You will not know the right paths to take without His guidance. If you truly want to make a difference, ask Him to use you and make you more useful in your context.
- Love- Before you dismiss this idea as clique or trite, I am not talking about romantic love. I am talking about the kind of love that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 22:39, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This kind of love is selfless and sacrificial. This is the kind of love that you give away freely even when you don’t get it back. This kind of love puts you out on a limb even if it gets cut off behind you. A great picture of this kind of love outside of Christ’s death on the cross is a one sided marriage. This is where one spouse serves, gives, and really tries without receiving any kind of love in return. Most people shy away from this. They love as long as they are loved back. The love that makes a difference in this world puts itself in harms way to make sure others know their love is real. Right now, our nation needs that kind of love. That’s how Christ loves you! While you were an enemy of His, He still died for you. This would go along way in the racial struggles in this nation.
- Truth- In a world of fake news, it is hard to know what the truth is. On top of that, our culture rejects the idea of absolute truth. To make a difference in this world, you must speak the truth with love. You have to know what truth is first, before you speak it. Most people have opinions and they might sound right, but that doesn’t make them true. Just because you heard it from your favorite news source, doesn’t make it true. If you read it on the internet, yep, that’s true. Everything on the internet is true. Just kidding! Better fact check before you spew lies. So what is truth? Psalm 119:160 states, “The sum of your word is truth, and every one your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” God’s word is true and lasts forever. Every generation will find that the truth of the Bible applies to them as well as every former generation. So you must dig into God’s Word for truth and share it with love to a lost and hurting world. If you spend more time watching the news than reading God’s word, you will struggle with truth.
I believe if we saw more people seeking God and praying to be a part of the solution, loving others the way we would want to be loved as well as speaking the truth with love; we would see thing begin to change in this nation. If enough people chose to do these 3 little things faithfully for a lifetime, we truly would make a difference. One last thought! When you read through the Bible, these commands of God don’t have an age limit, skin color restriction, or gender specification. If you want to please and glorify God, you must obey His word. No excuses! Excuses are for those who want to keep the drama flowing.
I know you want to make a difference too. What would you add to the list? How have you begun making a difference in your world? Who needs your sacrificial love today? I would love to hear about it.
Grace and Peace to you as you seek to do the right, little things for the rest of your life. I hope I read about how you made an impact on history through the way you lived your life.