Monday, July 7, 2008

Making a Difference...

Are you making a difference? Am I making a difference?

How many times have you caught yourself asking that question? In life...we just want to make a difference, but how? When you think about it, everything we do makes a difference. Sometimes its for the positive...others its for the negative. We ask ourselves at work if we are even making a difference. We see the dilemma of others lives and we wish we could make a difference. We see hardship around us and we say how we would like to make a difference if only we could. Many times we make our actions conditional. See if any of this sounds familiar; If only I had more time, I would love to be a small group leader for some students." "I start making more money I would like to help out that person/family/mission or charity." "If I had more I would give more." "I will be nice to them when they are nice to me." The list just goes on endlessly...

This really just comes down to a choice...are we going to make a positive difference in the lives of other people. Its a choice that evokes action. Every one of us has the ability to make a positive difference with what we have. It may be just a little time, a few dollars, a couple of encouraging words, an appropriate touch or a listening ear. We have what it takes and it is within our control.

Mark 12:41-44

The Widow's Offering
41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins,[j]worth only a fraction of a penny.[k]

43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on."

 

What is your mite?

1 comment:

LifeIsBigger said...

Zack is making a difference...
This is from Lanny Donohoe's blog, a real story from Big Stuf this week!

Bigstuf Stuf-The Zack attack.4

A few stories worth publishing tonight. I collect stories from students at Bigstuf. All kinds.
Here is what happened tonight. A dad wrote me a note about how proud he was of his 7 year old son.
Son’s name is Zack. Zack was at camp last year and heard the stories about how people are dying all over the world because of a lack of clean water. The note i got explained how Zack went home and started selling bottles of water to try to make enough money to send over to Africa to build a well.
You don’t normally think about a 7 year old boy following thru on such a big task. Here is the deal.
The kid kept at it. Sold water at his church, at his grand parents church , in his front yard, and kept on going til he made $3300. I didn’t know it when i stood in the audience and read the letter, but Zack was back. After i read what his dad had written there was excitement in the back of the auditorium and the cutest little kid you can imagine came and stood beside me at the center of the auditorium. I asked him why he did it. He just said something to the effect of “people need help”
A seven year old boy just saved the lives of over a thousand people.
What have you been doing?
I had three more stories but i think each one of these needs to stand alone now…so think about this one today. i will tell you more later.
lanny