Do you ever wonder if you’re making a difference?
If your life really matters?
Somedays it feels like you’re just going through the motions . . . doing the same things again and again.
But what if…
You really were born for “such a time as this.”
Last month, I wrote that I believe we all share the same purpose. That “love” is our why!
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Mark 12:30–31
Created by God because of His love and created for God to love Him and love others.
It’s our why . . . to love.
But each of us has a unique why as well.
A God-given purpose to be used for Him in this time and place.
And that plan, that purpose, is as unique as our fingerprints.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
Good to know. Right?!
But some days this plan feels so mundane. Each day filled with repetitive tasks that don’t feel very purposeful.
You know you feel it when the laundry is piled high, and the bathroom needs help, and you have no idea what you’re going to cook for dinner, and the older kids are fighting in the other room while your toddler is crying and clinging to your leg.
Stop and remember…
Nothing you do in love is ever wasted! Nothing!
Living out the life in front of you with love is your God-give purpose for today.
You are Making a Difference in Ways You Do Not See!
Much of what you do seems like it goes unnoticed and underappreciated.
But more often than you realize . . . those little things you’re doing are making a big difference.
A Surprise Letter from Kenya
The other day, Rev and I received a letter from World Vision, written for our sponsored child, Gilbert, in Kenya.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Wolf,
Gilbert is very happy for the gift you sent to him and the family. They purchased a goat, clothes, mattress and blankets. Gilbert is very happy for the goat because he will take good care of it. Gilbert has named it WOLF for your name. He is in the fourth grade and promises to work extra hard. God bless you.
There’s a goat named WOLF in Kenya!
That just makes me smile!
A small gift, given in love, will provide milk, cheese, and teach a boy important lessons about care and responsibility.
We’ve given other gifts and for whatever reason, we haven’t heard how they’ve been used. That’s okay! Because anything we do in love always makes a difference. If not for the recipient . . . for us.
Maybe we make this thing called “purpose” too complicated.
Maybe we’re just supposed to get out there and live with big love?
We do what we have to do today . . . like clean, wipe noses, cook, chauffeur, listen, teach, help, smile, hug, and anything else that falls on that long list of to-dos. Then climb into bed at the end of the day satisfied and grateful even though we know we have to get up and do it all again tomorrow.
Remembering on those days when it feels like every task is unimportant and unappreciated, you charge on with big love . . . because the truth is whether we see it or not we ARE making a difference.
Impacting lives in ways we’ll never know. By a…
- A positive word shared.
- A smile offered.
- A student taught.
- A coworker helped.
- A friend encouraged.
- A gift given.
- LOVE OFFERED
Making a difference in ways perfectly planned for us by God, the One who has given each of us a uniquely personal purpose for “such a time as this.”
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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