Making a Difference in The World Around Us

At some point along the way during the journey of life, people often come to a place in their lives that they find themselves doing some soul searching and truly began to reflect on their life. When a time like this comes in a person’s life, they may ask themselves questions such as, “What have I accomplished so far in my life?”, or “How did I get to this place in my life?”  Perhaps this is the place in life’s road that people have reached when they are having what many refer to as a “mid-life crisis.”  I think at some point in everyone’s life there is a place where we all look back over the years that have so quickly passed us by, and wonder if we have done all that we were supposed to do by that point in life. When we get to a place in life that we feel unfulfilled, and feel as if we have not accomplished what we hope we would have by that point, we are faced with a decision. We can either continue to drudge through life and hope it gets better, or we can make changes to facilitate what we want out of life.  Without change that begins from within, the circumstances that surround us will always remain the same. Change in life is brought about by changes in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our priorities. Until those three aspects of our life changes, our lives will continue on the same course as if our life was on autopilot. At some point we have to turn off the autopilot and begin to let God steer the vehicle of our life if we want to ever truly experience a fulfilled life. I believe that is what Jesus meant when he said that He was come that we might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) 

Without Christ at the steering wheel of our life, our life will always be a life without purpose or direction. Look at what the Bible says about this very thing in Psalms chapter 37. I really like how the New Living Translation of the Bible expresses verses 23 and 24 of that chapter. In those verses it says, The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. That should be encouraging to all of us! It first tells us that God will lead us in the direction that is best for us! It also tells us that God cares and is concerned with every aspect of our life! The best news in that scripture passage is that even if we mess up, we may stumble but we will not be down for the count! God will be right there to pick us back up and get us back on the path we need to be on. 

I believe that the number one emotional need of every person today is to feel loved. Beyond that, I think the second most important factor in the emotional and spiritual well being of a person is to be able to feel like their life matters and what they do really makes a difference.  Nobody really wants to go through life feeling like they are not having a positive influence on the life of another person.  At the end of the day, we all want to be able to say that something we are doing is making a difference in the world around us.  When I am old and on my deathbed, some of the greatest words that could fall upon my ears would be “Because you lived my life is better.”  To have the knowledge that your life has had a positive impact on the people around you is one of the greatest blessings a person can have.  Unfortunately, many people in life today think that what they are doing is truly impacting the world and people around them in a positive way, but in reality it isn’t at all. Sometimes people get so distracted in life trying to gain knowledge, amass wealth, climb up the corporate ladder, attain a level of prestige, or pursuing any number of other things in life that they miss what really matters all together.   Remember that I said the number one emotional need of people today is to feel loved.  I am reminded of a passage of scripture from the Bible in the book of 1st Corinthians. In the thirteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians it says, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” (New Living Translation) Those words spoken from the Apostle Paul are pretty profound, and words that we should all strive to remember and take to heart. No matter how much we strive to improve our own lives, if we don’t make it a priority to strive to improve the lives of others, whatever we do is meaningless and in vain. 

As you read this, have you reached that spot in the road of your life that you are asking yourself, “Have I done anything that really matters? Have I accomplished the things that God wanted for my life?” If so, today is your day to start to make the difference in the world you were meant to make. It is not too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Those are great words from Emerson. The irony of it all is that when you follow the advice that Emerson offered, even though he suggests that the purpose of life is not to be happy, you WILL have a level of happiness in your life that you never dreamed possible. So start today! Let God direct your steps and go out there and make a difference! Be the change you want to see in the world!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,