You Can Make a Difference.


“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.” – Titus 2:7


Sometimes the greatest lessons in life can come from the most innocent children.

A few years ago, Sadie, one of the little girls I used to babysit and I would always go to Starbucks after she got out of school to hang.

One day, while we were both engaged in the books we were reading, a little boy, around 10 or 11-years-old, walked in with his art portfolio.

He confidently walked up to just about every table in the coffee shop, introduced himself, and explained that he was trying to raise money for art school by selling his drawings.

I didn't see anyone purchase a drawing, but I did hear people ask to view his portfolio. And after looking through it, each person left him with an encouraging word.

“These are great,” they would say. “Keep up the good work!”

I noticed that Sadie wasn’t reading anymore. She was looking around and listening to the boy give his sales pitch to the people around us.

She pulled out her wallet and waited anxiously for the boy to approach our table. But he never did. So, she walked up to the boy and gave him a dollar.

"Wow, thank you so much," he responded.

As Sadie sat back down, she said to me, "That must've taken a lot of guts for him to go around and ask people to buy his drawings. I saw his flower drawing and it was really good!"

I was in awe.

How often do we ignore those around us and pass up the opportunity to be a blessing to someone? We see and hear things that we can help with, but we don't do anything about it.

We often convince ourselves that someone else will help—someone else will get the job done. But do we really know if someone else will do it or not? No.

And if we're thinking that way, it's likely "someone else" is thinking the same way we are.

“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.” – Titus 2:7

As Christians, we are called to be the example even when we don’t feel like it or when it’s inconvenient.

Just this past Sunday, I was asked to help with something after my grandma’s service. There was no one else to do the job, so I did it, but I was stinky about it.

I knew what I was asked to help with would cause me to be late to the service I was headed to. I'm ashamed to admit that I was a little annoyed and rushed to get the job done.

But then I reminded myself that being the church was more important than my desire to make it to church on time. And plus, I was only going to be a few minutes late to the service.

“If not you, then who will do it?” I asked myself.

Sometimes all we need is a perspective change.

Friends, you are the one! Whether you tell your friend/co-worker that she has lipstick on her teeth or give a dollar to a homeless person, you are the one who can and will make a difference.

Do your best to not pass up opportunities to be a blessing to someone. However big or small the act is, you can make a difference.

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You were born to do great things. Be a blessing.

- Maggie

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