You are uniquely, specifically designed and strategically placed for your life and world around you. Sound crazy? Well maybe it does sound crazy, but doesn’t make it any less true. Unique is defined by Merriam Webster as “Used to say something or someone is unlike anything or anyone else; very special or unusual; belonging to or connected with only one particular thing, place or person; being the only one.” No matter how you perceive your life and your role in this world, the truth of the matter is no one else can do what you do, like you do. Your personality, traits, drive, outlook, everything about you makes you uniquely who you are…. right down to your specific DNA make-up and fingerprints. What you’ve been called to accomplish, the lives you are supposed to touch, the divine appointments, as I like to call them, that you have can only be fulfilled by YOU!
I think about the warriors, soldiers, law enforcement, & emergency services personnel all over the country who day in and day out risk their lives to help, protect and defend. Not everyone can do what they do. On a daily basis they see the absolute worst of what humanity and the world has to offer. One must be called and specifically created to fulfill such an assignment, and they are. I couldn’t do their job, but that’s okay, because that’s not what I’ve been called/created to do.
I know someone reading this is thinking, anyone can do what I do or how is what I’m doing making a difference. Like it or not, everything each of us does has a ripple effect in the world and lives of people around us. If you haven’t figured it out yet, no one is truly an island to themselves and what you do really does affect other people. Whether you realize or acknowledge it or not, what you do does have an effect on someone and will make a positive or negative impact on someone or something. Let me share some examples of what I mean. In an extreme case, look at the person who’s had a few drinks while out for dinner with friends and then decides to drive home. They think they’re fine and their choice to drive home won’t have an effect on anyone else, but if they have an accident and crash their car into someone else, their one choice does affect others. Not only does it affect the person in the other vehicle they hit, but it affects those folks’ family members. How about the postal delivery employee who spends his lunch break each day visiting with a Vietnam veteran whose health issues limit his ability to leave his home or have much personal interaction with others. That friendship could provide the hope which fuels that veteran to get up and keep going everyday. Now you may think that what you do or your choices are not having that big of any impact or ripple effect, but I assure you you’re WRONG!! What you do positively or negatively affects someone. Your attitude, words and actions can build up or tear down those around you and will affect circumstances and situations.
The great world changers throughout history made a lasting impact on generations to come by stepping out and doing, at first glance, something that was sometimes seemingly small or even insignificant. Do you think Rosa Parks ever thought her choice to not give up her seat on the bus that day would be remembered by anyone today, much less be written in history books? NO! She was simply doing what she could do, where she was to make a difference. Do you think the Chesty Pullers or General Pattons ever consciously thought or attempted to change or impact military branches or war fighting protocol the way they have? Do you think they ever imagined things they said or did would be quoted or remembered by countless Marines or soldiers throughout generations, even thru today? NO! They were simply using their uniquely given abilities and skill sets to make a difference where they were.
The smallest deeds that are seemingly nothing can make the biggest difference in someone’s life. So whether you’re being a “Mom-Taxi” shuffling kids from school, to football/cheer leading practice or you’re working a donation drive for Military Missions or you’re filing paperwork on your job, you are uniquely qualified to make a difference in a way that only you can. No one else on this planet is YOU!! One thing I’ve learned in my almost 39 years is that if you make a positive difference in or help improve the life of one person, even in the smallest way, then you have something to be proud of. You can’t help everyone, but you can help make a difference to someone. It’s not about doing some huge, earth shattering feat/accomplishment, it’s about those daily moments/interactions that can make all the difference in someone’s life.
When my husband watches the news and sees all that’s going on with ISIS, he struggles with the feeling that all he did, his buddies that died, it was all in vain. To see what he fought for and liberate be taken back over is gut wrenching. But I constantly remind him that I have no doubt what he and his buddies did made all the difference in the world to the people that were living there at that time. We only have control over what we do. We cannot control other people. So, we make a difference where we can, how we can and leave the rest to God.
Have a great week, world changers!!!!