There is no shortage of stories about how one person, one moment, one action, or one word can make an enormous difference in the world. And yet for many people — with the demands of work and home, the increasing pace of life, and the scope of issues going on in the world — it can easily make us question just how much difference one person can make.
Through our own fears and doubts, we can easily begin to create a sense of insignificance in our lives. Our routines, responsibilities and disappointments tend to beat us up over the years and cloud our vision for just how significant we really are. Many of us spend so much time running through the motions, searching for “purpose,” or to find our “calling” or “spiritual gifts,” that we often focus too much on “searching” rather than “doing.” It’s almost as if we are looking for a manual for our lives that details exactly what we are supposed to do and how we are supposed to do it.
While the manual does exist, many times we ignore it… wanting to create our own life plan instead of recognizing the opportunities set in front of us every day. God has blessed each one of us with our own unique talents and abilities but He wants us to take action, to step out in faith and allow Him to use and develop our gifts to server His kingdom on Earth. God wants us to trust in Him, to seek His awesome power and to share His love with others, one person at a time. If God laid out a road map and said, “Hey Bob, this is your gift and here is what I want you to do with it.,” then there would be no need for faith.
All too often, we think we have to do something HUGE to make a difference but in reality, it is the smaller things that lead to greatness. Just as one match can ignite a forest fire of epic proportions, one mans vision, followed by his action, can positively impact the lives of many. Like a rock tossed into a pond, the ripples of one act can stretch out beyond our wildest dreams… but we have to take action to toss the rock into to pond.
Mother Theresa said it best, “If you want to change the world, pick up a broom.”
Take for instance Abraham Lincoln, or Thomas Jefferson — who, like many others — were more or less “normal people, just doing their jobs,” but when opportunities arose, they sprang to the occasion — not always perfectly, and very often in smaller ways, with day by day decisions and actions, that added up to the lifetime achievements that we know them for today. Those were their paths, their journey, their purposes. I doubt they sat back in their easy chairs searching for their gifts but instead they took action everyday and allowed God to bring their gifts to light through faith, determination and perseverance.
When my wife and I started GiftOfKindness.com a few years ago, we did not sit back searching for purpose, we acted and trusted God and asked Him to give us the strength and the wisdom to do His will. Now, a site that started out as more or less of a fun side project has grown to an initiative we would have never thought possible. It started with a vision followed by action and now GiftOfKindness.com receives over 1500 request for our free “Kindness Cards,” each week, from people all over the globe. Now, I don’t tell you this to brag or boast but to reinforce the point that some times we have to step back and let God guide us where he wants us to go, but being willing to walk through the hallway when he opens the door.
Be reminded of one thing: one person can make a lot of difference. And any one of us can be the person who does, the leader who does, the entrepreneur who does, the writer who does, and so on. There are many ways, all within your reach. It just begins with a conscious choice to make a positive impact, trust in God and taking action. It all unfolds from there.:: Sign Up for the Free Gift of Kindness Email Newsletter Here ::