10 Jul How To Make A Difference
Oh, the thoughts that run through my mind… Am I making a difference? Does what I do even matter? What on Earth am I here to do?
Can you relate?
I think at some point, we all find ourselves questioning our influence. I want to encourage you today, that you have a purpose here on this world, and you are an influencer. You are hardwired to make a difference in the lives of others. Humans were meant for community. Without community, it would be impossible for the human species to survive. We each are but parts of the body, that makes it whole. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Whatever you contribute to the body, is integral and necessary to the whole body’s health. Even the pinky toes is responsible for providing balance to the body! (And by the way, you are much more than a pinky toe.)
If you still feel small and insignificant, that’s ok! There is more good news.
Every person on Earth has a sphere of influence. These are the people in your life, those in your home, your work, your schools, your church your neighbors. None of these things are by accident. You may have regrets about the decisions that brought you to this place in your life, but that doesn’t mean this place doesn’t have purpose!
Sociologists suggest that most people have about 12 people in their sphere. How do you know who is in your sphere? List the people you can think of that you see the most. Add up all the time you spend with them in a 7 day period- if it equals at least 1 hour, they are in your sphere of influence.
Another often missed area of opportunity is work. No matter what you do, if you are not fueled by purpose, anything becomes mundane. You are not here, just to make a living and die. There is so much more to life than that!
Your vocation is your ministry location!
Use your work, and whatever you do, to influence the world around you.
So you now know who you influence, and where you influence, but how should you influence?
How to Influence
Influence With Your Ways & Manner
- Live with intention. Have a good attitude and behave thoughtfully. This is fundamental, intentional living. Its about that great commandment Jesus shared.
Matthew 22:37-39 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
- Kindness is simple, but is not always easy. Choosing a good attitude and a thoughtful disposition helps you put others before yourself.
Influence In Your Time By Being Present
- Recognize the moments.
- Ask God to help you be aware of moments. People talk about divine intervention like it’s rare, but really, we should be constantly open to an opportunity to connect others.
- It has never been easier to live an isolated life. You can walk around with headphones in, muting the world, and people, around you. There are plenty of things to focus your energy on when you have downtime; books, magazines, social media, television. These things, while they are not bad on their own, can easily distract us from engaging in the moments and opportunities that surround us. Keep your head up, your eyes and your heart open, and don’t be afraid to connect, encourage, and influence the people around you.
Influence With Your Testimony
1 Peter 3:15 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
- Your testimony is simply the story of what God has done in your life.
- You don’t have to know all the answers, and you certainly don’t need to tell people what is wrong with them. Just tell people what God has done in your life.
A Final Note
- Be prepared to share your story, by practicing an elevator pitch of your testimony. An elevator pitch is when you market the basics of something to someone you met in an elevator (or other passing-by experience). You don’t have much time with them, just less than a few minutes. So, practice your elevator pitch for what God has done in your life.
- Some Key Aspects To Cover
- What was broken in your life (pain, addiction, sickness, etc)
- How God has/is changing you (healing, attitude, freedom, etc)
- How your life is different now (happy, whole, peaceful, etc)
- Know your story. Be comfortable with it, so when opportunities arise for you to influence your sphere, you won’t be afraid to act. You will be prepared and confident.
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