You may not believe it, but you can make a difference in this world. Wherever you may find yourself or at whatever station in life you are at, you can make a difference. . . particularly in the lives of those around you. You may not know it, but people are watching you. I don’t want to creep you out, but it’s true, people are always watching! And what you and I say and do can make a difference in how people perceive us, how they view the one and only true God we serve, and how resultingly they choose to live their lives.
Scripture encourages us to make the most of the life opportunities we have to impact others wisely, positively, morally, and courageously for Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:15-16 says: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Col. 4:-6 says: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” In the morally drifting world in which we live, we need to be the people who will set the tone, provide the example, and lead the way for others to follow. In short, we need to be heroes!
Pastor Charles Swindoll, in his book Dear Graduate for graduating high school and college seniors, summarizes it well:
“We need heroes. I mean genuine heroes, authentic men and women who are admired for their achievements, noble qualities, and courage. Such people aren’t afraid to be different. They risk. They stand a cut above. Yet they are real human beings with flaws and failures like anyone else. But they inspire us to do better. We feel warm inside when we think about this rare breed of humanity. The kind we can look up to without the slightest suspicion of deception or hypocrisy. The kind who model excellence when no one is looking or for that matter when half the world is looking.
I’m concerned that we seem to be running shy of folks like that. Certainly, there are some, but not nearly as many, it seems, as when I was a small boy. Back then I distinctly recall looking up to numerous people in various segments of society—politics, athletics, education, science, the military, music, religion, aviation—all of whom not only stood tall during their heyday, but they finished well. Society mourned their passing. This was no childhood fantasy, you understand; these were not make-believe movie idols. I can still remember my dad being just as impressed as I was with certain folks—maybe more so. Some of our father-son conversations are still logged in my memory bank. And because he was inspired, so was I.
You may be surprised to know that for any number of people, you are the person others point to. It may be in the place where you work, and no one has even told you. It may happen where you live, and no neighbor has been brave enough to encourage you by saying, ‘You’re the one everybody watches. You’re very unique. We all respect you.’ It may be in your school where you are admired by colleagues and peers. If you knew how many felt that way, I’m convinced you would be all the more careful how you live.
I am certain of this—if you are one of those people, then you’re not like the majority. You’re living differently, and I commend you for it. It takes unusual people to make a difference in our world. Mediocre people impact no one, at least not for good. But one person of truth can impact the whole world!”
So, live differently, impact the world, be a hero, make a difference! In particular, that goes for all you graduating seniors out there. You can do it! In particular, since this is the month of Father’s Day, that goes for all you dads too (by the way, tell and show your dad how much you appreciate and love him; he needs your encouragement. If your father has passed on to Jesus, like mine, ask your Heavenly Father to pass the message on for you).
Believe it or not, you can make a difference.
Come on now, let’s go do it!