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‘Make A Difference In The World’ seems to be a catchphrase in the world lately. And it’s something that has resonated deeply within me for some time now. Going into 2012 though, my focus on it changed. Last night I began thinking and was challenged with the thought of: what does making a difference in the world actually look like? Here are my thoughts. I hope it challenges and inspires you like it challenged and inspired me…
WHAT DOES MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD LOOK LIKE?
Being a light where the darkness dwells. Because even the smallest of lights begins to scare off what can seem like the deepest of the darkest.
Oozing grace to every person you come in contact with because they deserve it; despite what they may portray or how they may make you feel. And if you think that’s unfair, think about what John Henry Newman once said: “The way God gives His grace is scandalous.”
Spreading Hope where hearts have despaired.
Outstretching both hands and using all of your might to help pick up those who cannot pick up themselves.
Being strategically generous.
Partnering action to the dreams that God embedded in your being and whispered in your ear. No dream in a heart is pointless, what’s pointless is if you neglect to see why it was put in your heart to begin with.
Opening your mouth and speaking for the unempowered and those whose freedom to speak for themselves has been unjustly taken from them.
Speaking life and encouragement. Realising that words have the ability to not only plant seeds into the essence of a person’s soul, but to also water them. Will yours produce a lush, green rainforest, or dried up thistle and weeds?
Getting the revelation that going to Church on Sunday isn’t enough, but being the Church every day is our mandate on this earth.
Acquiring a faith so contagious, sweet, and real that people can’t help but be drawn to the One who fuels it.
Having eyes that don’t just look, but that see the present and what the future could be. And when they see a problem, they realise that it’s their responsibility and opportunity to restore and revive – for that’s why they noticed it.
In a world full of anguish and worry, be a statement of peace that calms the stormiest of seas in someone’s heart.
And love. Love like you’ve never known hate. And love because that’s the common thread we all have in our lives. Once we experience love and begin to give it out, it becomes deeper. The threads then begin to weave tighter pulling everyone together, making a masterpiece that’s beautiful and hard to break. Because love unites and love includes. To love and be loved is the purest form of making a difference in this world.
This is what making a difference in the world looks like to me. It’s beautiful, it’s wholesome, it’s purposeful, it’s influential, it’s practical, it has to make our hands dirty from doing the work, but it’s doable…. And it begins with me.