Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Make a Difference

when you call on Me, when you come and pray with Me, I will listen- ♥ GOD!

My sweet friend shared another wonderful devotional with me – too good not to share, enjoy and be blessed!

God gives everyone something special, so that they can make a difference.

“What’s this, Mom?” asked my six-year-old daughter.

It was late afternoon, and I was returning emails on my home computer.

I turned to see what my curious daughter had found. In the palm of her hand, she had discovered a little blue pin that I had strategically placed on my office desk. I looked at the pin, and my memory beckoned me back nearly 18 years.

I smiled in fond remembrance. “I kept this little pin all these years, honey,” I replied. And it brought to mind the day that it was given to me by Dr. Bernie Siegel.

I’d made an appointment to interview Dr. Siegel for a column; and after we spoke for quite a while, I recalled how Dr. Siegel disappeared into an adjoining room.

After a few minutes, he returned, gave me the blue pin and said, “This is for you.”

“So what does the pin say on it?” I asked my daughter. Quickly, she uttered, “It reads, ‘You make a difference.’”

“Yes, honey,” I said to her, “God has given each one of us special gifts with which to make a difference in the lives of others, and He is watching to see what we will do with those talents and abilities.”

“Can I be a veterinarian, take care of animals, and make a difference, Mom?” my daughter questioned, with wonder apparent in her voice. I nodded, yes.

She paused, and with a glowing smile, asked simply, “How else can I make a difference?”

“You make a difference by just smiling,” I answered, gently holding her hand and continuing, “What about all the notes you write and the beautiful cards you make for me?

How about when you hug me and say you love me. Those actions make a huge difference in my life.”

Her blue eyes watched me intently, as I explained, “Every time you do a kind deed for someone else, you are making a difference in their life, too.”

Likewise, your influence on other people’s lives is immeasurable. God has hand-selected you, for you’re a gift to others from God.

You are someone extraordinary, unique and valuable. So accept, love, and embrace yourself as the exquisite person that God created you to be, and go out each day and perform good and kind deeds.

Share and care generously. Mentor a young person or volunteer at your church or in your community. Pray for someone. Speak kindly. Give sincere compliments. Tell your friend and family you appreciate them. Send encouraging notes. Be there for people, listen to them talk, and offer an inspiring word to start them moving on a new path.

A friend of mine is always helping others. When I asked her why she’s always willing to make someone’s life a bit easier, she replied, “My reward is when the recipient passes along the kindness.” And by helping one another, we create a benevolent cycle and discover another truth: Our Father in heaven pours out more blessings on us, because as we cast our bread upon the water, it returns.

  • Have you aided in meeting someone else’s needs? Then, God will always meet your needs. “Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38.
  • Did you help to cause a special dream to come to pass for another? God will make your dreams transpire, too. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.
  • Have you encouraged the discouraged? Well, if you fall down, God will send someone to lift you back up. “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7.

Remember the story about the boy who was walking along the side of the beach picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. Then, a man came by and asked, “What are you doing?” and said, “There are thousands of star fish here, you can’t make a difference.”

The boy continued on, he picked up another starfish, gently tossed it into the water and replied, “I made a difference for that one.” By positively influencing even one other person, and setting a good example, you can make this a better world and benefit generations to come.

Some time ago, I heard about a gentleman named Josh Ferrin of Utah, who had just purchased his first home. After the closing, Josh walked through the front door and began looking around. Then, he went into the garage and noticed a small door in the ceiling. So he got a ladder and climbed up and there he saw a black metal box. Inside the box were bags of money and some memorabilia.

Immediately, Josh closed the box and called his wife to tell her what he had found in their new home. Since the original homeowner passed away in November, Josh called the homeowner’s son and returned the $45,000 dollars in cash that he had found.

Josh said to a reporter, “I never considered the money to be mine.” Yet, this was a lesson in goodness and honesty for Josh’s two sons that, I believe, will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

God has a future of new joys, blessings and victory ahead for you. So, every day “make a difference” in someone’s life and be prepared to reap great rewards!

Catherine Galasso-Vigorito
Nationally Syndicated columnist and author

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