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  • Can One Make a Difference?

    My husband and I sold our house and are in the process of packing. I love packing and really anything that has to do with organizing. The thought of finding a home for all of our stuff in our new house is crazy exciting--now if I could just convince someone with great style to come decorate it for us! 

    While sorting through books to box up or give away, I came across this book someone gave me years ago when I was first starting to claw my way out of my chains of insecurity. On the second page, I read this:

    "How many people does it take to make a difference?    ONE.

    One song can spark a moment
    One flower can wake the dream
    One tree can start a forest
    One bird can herald spring
    One smile begins a friendship
    One handclasp lifts a soul
    One star can guide a ship at sea
    One word can frame the goal
    One vote can change a nation
    One sunbeam lights a room
    One candle wipes out darkness
    One laugh will conquer gloom
    One step must start each journey
    One word must start a prayer
    One hope will raise our spirits
    One touch can show you care
    One voice can speak with wisdom
    One heart can know what's true
    One life can make a difference
    That difference starts with you."

    Isn't that beautiful? I love the variety of hope in each line. It's encouraging to know I can make a difference, even if it doesn't seem like a big difference in the grand scheme of things. God thinks it is a big deal when I act out of love or obedience to Him, no matter how small the act. I serve a God who sees me, who percieves every deed, hears every word, knows every thought and He is rooting for me to succeed and change the world, even one smile at a time.  

    My life goal is to know Him more every day and to live out of the result. 

    "...the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits." Daniel 11:32

    I love the idea that I am carrying out great exploits for God, even in the smallest of ways in my everyday life. Every word matters to Him. Every thought, every action, every detail--He cares deeply about it all. I want to acknowledge His love for detail and His love for me and invite Him in to my everyday life so He can make every word and action count. 

    I don't believe in myself, because myself alone is a crazy, jumbled mess, but I believe in the God who is inside of me. Without His grace coming through me, I am judgemental. Without His patience, I am hurried and irritated. Without His peace, I am uncertain and worried. Do you see the me without Him? Without Him in me, I am all things yucky. He is everything good in me. 

    "Every good and perfect gift is from above..." James 1:17

    So God, with You in me, I can make a difference. And with Him in you, you can make a difference too!