It seems like there is a massive misconception that people have to travel to the other side of the world and donate millions of dollars to make a difference in the world. Yes, traveling to faraway places and giving in material ways can be helpful, but those aren’t the only ways to make an impact. Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) talks about the Lord’s commandments saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
If we take even a minute out of our days to encourage someone or be a good samaritan, it can make a world of difference, in our lives and theirs. Whether it’d be helping someone with their math homework or asking a coworker how their week is going (and truly listening and caring), sometimes it’s the little things that become significant and stick with people.
Elaine Dalton said,
“If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.”
The same idea rings true with the verse Romans 12:2 (ESV), “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Even when people don’t appreciate what we do or either party is having a rough day, it’s still important to be as loving as possible, since God loves us even when we think He shouldn’t.
Being generous with our time and resources may not always be convenient or what we feel like doing, but it is worth it at the end of the day. Let people think we’re weird for going out of our way to be kind and helpful as well as doing our best to show Jesus to others, because God’s opinion is the one that matters most, not those of onlookers. We never know, we may just inspire people to do the same.
Please share an act of kindness that has made a difference in your life or something you would like to do for others and make history! Have a great week, and God bless you!
Joy Edwards – Column: College & Career
Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.