I have a terrible memory. It’s a blessing and a curse. Ha! One way it’s a blessing is when someone reminds me of some way that I made a difference in their life. Recently, a friend came up to me and said, “I’ll never forget when you and Kevin…” and described something we did that touched their heart many years ago. To be completely honest, I had completely forgotten about that event. Another person recently told my husband that she had made a decision based on a conversation she had had with me a while back. I barely recall that conversation! We need to remember that what we say and do makes a difference, even when we don’t realize it.
A smile. A word of encouragement. A helping hand. A visit. A text. All of these actions make a difference to those around us.
At CedarCreek, we talk a lot about the Spiritual Journey, and the last step is to make a difference. What are some ways we can make a difference?
- Be available. First and foremost, be available. Couple that with being aware. It is easy to get wrapped up in the to-do lists of our busy schedules, nose to the grind, and not notice what matters most around us—people. Show people they matter. Smile. Greet people in the grocery aisle. Be kind. Wherever you go, love people the way God loves us.
- Go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Simply, that means to share what your faith means to you and let other people know they matter to God. Talk about the life-changing adventure they can have with Jesus and invite them into it.
- Think of others. Show love. 1 John 4:11-12 reminds us to “love each other” and that when we do, God’s “love is brought to full expression.” Verse 12 starts out with “No one has ever seen God,” but when we show people love, kindness, and the truth that they matter to us and to God, His love can be seen through us—and that can make an eternal difference.
It may take stepping out of your comfort zone, but making a difference is definitely worth it.
What are you doing to make a difference? What is one way you can show someone that they matter this week?
Be aware of what is most important around us—people. Show them they matter with your actions and tell them they matter with your words. Consider joining a Dream Team. If you’re not sure where you’d best fit, go to Week 4 of Growth Track this month where you can see how God has wired you to best make a difference.
God, thank you for showing me how much I matter to you—so much so that you sent your son to die for me and everyone in this world. Help me to be aware of those around me and show them that they matter to you as well. Show me where you want to use me to make a difference for YOUR glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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