Monday, August 26, 2019

Are You Making a Difference?

By Andrea Merrell

Give away your life; you’ll find life given back,
but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing.
Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.
Luke 6:38 MSG

The adages are many: You live until you die. Go for the gusto. It doesn’t get any better than this. Climb that ladder and make it to the top. The one with the most toys wins. Carpe diem.

We all have to make a living and honor our commitments, but when that’s all we do, we find ourselves living a shallow existence. Some call it the treadmill of life: we work, we eat, we sleep. Then we repeat the cycle … over and over.

How do we change that? Instead of making a living, let’s make a difference. God created each of us with a unique set of talents, abilities, personality traits, and resources. These gifts are meant to be shared.

We’re told throughout the Bible to love, give, share, prefer, and minister to others. This life is not “all about me” or “us four and no more.” It’s about being part of God’s family and reaching out to others in whatever way He leads.

Whether you give someone a million dollars or just a smile and a warm hug, you leave a fingerprint in their heart. The more we give—expecting nothing in return—the more God pours back into our lives. Our legacy will not be about how many degrees we earned or how much money we made. It will be about how many people we touched.

What will your legacy be? Are you just making a living or are you making a difference?

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)





Barbara Latta said...

Sometimes we think when we do small things it doesn't matter but you are right in pointing out that whether it is a million dollars or a smile, that makes a difference to someone. Thanks for the post, Andrea.

Andrea Merrell said...

Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impact. Thanks for stopping by, Barbara. Blessings! :)