Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. — 1 John 4:11
A small church congregation in rural Ohio met one Sunday evening to share prayer requests and praises with one another. Toward the end of their time together, a woman in her early 30s stood up and nervously sauntered forward.
“I want to praise God for my grandmother, who died recently. She’s the one who took me to church when I was young and introduced me to Jesus. She was a source of stability in my life when my parents divorced – a port in my storm.
“Had it not been for my godly grandmother, I shudder to think how my life would have turned out. Even though I have often failed, her example to me has been my beacon and I thank God for her. To me, she was the epitome of Jesus in the earth.”
It’s often easy to underestimate the impact our lives may have on others – but they really do, even when we don’t hear about it or receive credit immediately.
So make it a point to invest in others’ lives – especially younger people. Though they may not tell you at the time, you are making a difference!
Ask God to open your eyes to how you can make a difference in others’ lives.
Questions for thought
Think about someone who made a real impact in your life. Did you ever tell them the full extent of the difference they made?
Who is someone in your life today in whom you can invest?