Making a Difference

Choosing to use one’s time, money, or other resources to try to make the world a better place, helping those who need help, participating in causes worthy of supporting.

It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. Tom Brokaw

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  William James

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.  Author Unknown  


   Each of us lives and exists in two worlds. Primarily, there is our own personal internal world where only we reside. We visualize, think and process all thoughts and sensory inputs from the perspective of how it pertains to and affects us. It is where our sense of reality exists and where everything is about us. Secondarily, there is the outer world, where we live and exist while interacting with others; a small fish in a big pond. We have great need to feel like we belong, and that our existence adds value and makes a difference.

   We are complex creatures. There are basic needs that must be satisfied for us to be mentally healthy and well-balanced. If we do not have a healthy self image and feel worthy of being loved by others as well as ourselves, we will have some problems. Depending upon the severity of our inadequacies, unresolved problems and other issues, our ability to interact in the outside world is less than great. How we really feel about ourselves affects and influences our relationships and interactions with family, friends, and everything else. We likely know someone with such inadequacies. Some of us have these kinds of issues ourselves.

   There are those who are well-balanced, mentally healthy and have good self-images. They interact and live in the world without fear and without maladjusted motives. They are not motivated by selfishness, conceit, inferiority complexes, and other difficulties. By having their acts together, many of them find themselves motivated to want to make a difference in the world around them. When basic needs are met, there is need to reach out and do things for others, for those needing help, and to increasingly feel like one’s life can be used to make the world a little better. In a sense they are free from the “me syndrome” and are free to reach out to others.

   We all need to feel that we make a difference. There is always a need for those who are willing to help in doing whatever they can to make a difference. Even though it should not be our primary motive, when we give of ourselves to help others, a cause, whatever it may be, we get something in return in the process. We will achieve more of our true potential and it can be said we left the world a little better as a result.


Challenge: Are you making a difference? The more you can feel your life helps to contribute to the lives of others the better you will feel about this. Where are you making a difference? Whose lives are you benefiting? Have something or someone in mind that you are committed to. Giving of yourself to others and doing something for others is one of the highest and most valuable things you can do. You will be helping to achieving your potential.


Wisdom: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I… I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost


Spiritual: (NIV)

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. Phil1:9

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Prov 4:18

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

The more we have our lives in order the more we will be inclined to look outside ourselves to do what we can to make a difference, to make the world a little better. The more we are embroiled in inner turmoil, focused on selves, what our needs are, what’s in it for me, and other such things; are indications of self issues. God is ready and more than able to help us deal with these issues. He does love us and will help us to become a better person.


Prayer: Help me to get myself on the proper footing and enable me to start making a difference. 


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