You (Yes, YOU!) Make a Difference

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa

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Do you ever ask yourself the question “What difference am I making in the world?”.  Even though I don’t know you, I know that you’ve asked that question, simply because you’re human.

So, what’s the answer to that question?  The answer is simple…a HUGE difference!  You ask how do I know, since I’m not a trained professional who measures the impact of each individual on the world?  Well, again, that’s a simple answer…because each and every one of us make a difference…period.

I’m working with an awesome group of high school students right now. We are building up our team to be ready to go to Guatemala to serve next week.  To help prepare us, we have been discussing our unique gifts. (See Romans 12:3-8 ) What a great way to show how we are all made different, yet we all work together to do good.  The seven specific gifts that we talked about are:

1. Encourager
2. Giver
3. Teacher
4. Server
5. Prophet
6. Mercy/Compassion
7. Leader/Administrator

I was impressed how well all seven gifts were well represented within our small group of 19 people. Our gifts are given to us, so that we can make a difference in the world.  What does that mean?

Here are some examples of how you are making a difference:


You smile and say hi at someone on the street.  What you didn’t know was that, that person had been having a very, very bad day.  Your smile and words gave them the hope that someone cares.  As they walk down the street, a little lighter in their step, they smile at the next person they see and the ripple continues


An extra $20.00 that you have, you decide to give to an organization that helps others. The money goes toward  putting food on the table, providing beds for a homeless family, providing research money to discover a cure for a disease, or to help to train volunteers to care for victims in crisis situations.  People around them see how they are cared for, they ask for help and the ripple continues


You teach a little child to read.  That little child grows up to be a doctor, lawyer, mechanic or construction worker.  All these professions help our society to function as a whole and the ripple continues.


You serve a hot meal to someone who has nothing.  That person doesn’t just receive a meal, they receive hope that someone cares and the ripple continues

So, you see, it doesn’t matter how big or how small the first drop is.  As Mother Teresa says, we all create ripples in the water, we just need to cast the stone.   It could be a single tear or drop of sweat, or even a whole bucket of water!  Regardless, YOU make ripples every single day with the gifts you have been given.

What ripples are you causing in the world, with the gifts that have been entrusted to you?

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