It's easy to fall into the trap of believing we do not make any difference in the lives of others. We work and wonder if anything we say or do makes a difference in the lives of others.
And we often feel discouraged and disheartened at our inability to do that.But the truth is you DO make a difference. The question is "What kind of a difference do you make?"
When you're driving and someone pulls in front of you, do you yell and shake your fist? Or do you pry for their safety?
When someone in your family interrupts your work do you let them know (silently or not so silently) that they're bothering you? Or do you set aside what you're doing and listen attentively?
How you choose to respond to and interact with others will determine whether the difference you are making is positive or negative -- but you are making a difference. You can be a shining beam of light that brightens someones day or a dark cloud adding more dreary negativity. Your smile, kind word, or warm gesture could make all the difference to your family, friends, coworkers, or even to a stranger.
You may be thinking that it's no big deal; smiling at someone or saying something nice doesn't make much of a difference, but read this email sent to our church family today:
Dear Springs Family,
I hope this finds each of you doing well. It was so good seeing some of you over the Easter holiday. Morgan and I miss you all so much. There are so many of you who touched our lives in so many different ways...we are forever thankful.
To the men in the church I'd like to say a special thank you. I don't know if you all realize the true importance of the role you play in the lives of our children. Don't ever think that the simple hello, smile, touch on the shoulder, or morning hug doesn't make a difference in a child's life. You all set such a wonderful example in Morgan's life and I believe because of that, and the love my own father showed her, she has been more accepting of Tim's love for her. We still have a long way to go, but things could've been worse if she hadn't been shown God's love through you all. You are each a blessing to us.
As Mother Teresa said, "It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters." I've heard many stories about a few words or a simple act changing someones life. We never know what the magnitude of our impact on someone will be or how it might ripple out into the world.
May you be a world changer today!