Do you ever wonder if you are making a difference? I know I do. Whether you are in school, working a full time job, a stay at home mom, or a top executive we all have it within us to somehow make the world a better place. I have the joy of working within a Christian organization that takes the message of Christ to the world through resources and events and yet I even sometimes wonder what kind of impact I am having in the world. I recently received an email from an old high school friend. A portion of it read,
“I also wanted to say (I don’t know for sure but I have a good feeling. Only you and God know for sure) that I believe that you used to pray for all of us when we were in school and I don’t know if I ever realized it. However, if you did (and again, I’m sure you did) I want you to know that your prayers weren’t in vain. Also, I wanted to THANK YOU very much for them and ask that you continue to pray for me and my family!!!!!!!!!”
Throughout my teenage and young adult years I have walked with God. I am full of imperfection but serve a God who is perfected in my weaknesses. Yes….I prayed for my classmates in high school and continue to pray for those whom God puts on my heart every single day. I share the note from my classmate not to boast in myself but to encourage you my friend that you and I are making a difference! You see I made a commitment to love the Lord my God with all of my heart, soul, and mind early on. I had tasted and seen that the Lord is good and I wanted everyone who I crossed paths with to know it too! There is a peace that only comes from a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe.
Ironically, just as I wonder what kind of impact I am making now I thought it kind of the Lord to speak to my former classmate and tell him to contact me FOURTEEN YEARS LATER!!!! What an encouragement to know your prayers impacted someone for the Kingdom. The cool thing…that same classmate is now a missionary in Spain.
Are you loving the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and mind today? Have you been obedient to pray not only for yourself but for those God places on your heart? How have you allowed yourself to be inconvenienced in the past week so someone could know God through your words or actions? Oh…and that excuse about not being good enough will not suffice. From Old Testament to New Testament God used people just like you and I in the midst of their imperfection. Do something outside of yourself today and may God be GLORIFIED for it!
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.“
1 Timothy 6:17-19