During challenging moments that discouragement and negativity whisper in my ear, “Why are you doing what you’re doing, it’s not making a difference or doing any good.” God brings this scripture to my mind….. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NLT)
I realize this is a blog and not a Bible study, so no one get nervous 🙂 This scripture is so pertinent, regardless of your creed, race or religion, to anyone who has or continues to do what I’ve coined, “the right things for the right reasons.” Everyone has a cause (whether it be a person, family, organization, whatever) they try to uphold, support, encourage, and do the right thing in, for and by. Let me elaborate a moment…. Do you work with someone who is just angry, has a nasty attitude and you’d rather take a beating than have to deal with; yet you always strive to be kind to that person, patient with them and not allow their sour mood/attitude to rub off on you? Do you have a organization or entity (like Military Missions, the VA Hospital, MADD, local animal shelter, a humanitarian aide organization, the list goes on and on) that you volunteer your time and/or contribute monetarily to? Do you have a boss or supervisor that is super critical, never acknowledging anything good you do, yet you always do your job to the best of your ability, in excellence? Those are just a few of the many examples of what I mean by doing the right things for the right reasons. We live in a world that the societal norm is generally an attitude of selfish, self-serving, what do I get out of it mentality. It’s a rarity in media to see a feel good, story in which someone has done a selfless act to help someone without having anything to gain from their actions. The news reports and statistics we read (and many times real life around us) are full of death, destruction, mayhem, and catastrophe. Sometimes in those things we support and work hard doing the right things for the right reasons, we may not always see an immediate cause and effect, seeming that our efforts are not even making a dent in the problem. It’s not easy to persevere and continually do what’s right. It can be challenging to keep our promise, be nice or provide support on those days we are tired and feel beat up and run down by life.
So, I want to remind and assure you today, YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!!!!! What you’re doing, right where you are is changing / impacting / bettering a life. Here’s the cool thing, we don’t have to touch, help or make the difference in the lives of millions for it to count… we just have to make the difference in the life of ONE person. It’s great if we impact millions, but equally as great if we impact ONE. Kindness and positively effected change has a ripple effect, like a pebble in a pond. So even if you only impact ONE that one will impact someone, then that ONE will impact someone and it goes on. ONE person impacted Billy Graham and look at that ripple effect. On the battlefield, a Medic or Corpsman saves ONE life, but that life could’ve been your son, daughter, husband, wife or father. Tell me that ONE didn’t make a huge difference and was a big deal then.
I want to leave you with two quotes to ponder upon today….
#1) “Courage doesn’t always soar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” -Mary Anne Radmacher
#2) “Stay the course, light a star, Change the world where’er you are.” -Richard Le Gallienne