by Faith Simonieg, ELCA Regional Gift Planner for Western North Dakota Synod 3/9/2016
We each have an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.
No matter what age you are, whether you have a full schedule or an empty calendar, too many appointments or a lonely day ahead of you; you may have found yourself asking God “I’m one person, how can I make a difference today?” The world is a big place but each of us has a chance to make a difference. We each have an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.
One of my favorite Bible verses comes from Hebrews, Chapter 12: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” This verse suggests to me that there is a large crowd of people in heaven who are cheering us on in our lives. The image is a powerful one. Imagine a running track lined with bleachers full of great and inspiring people who have gone before us. I believe that not only are my cheerleaders in heaven, but they are also present along the sidelines of my life.
I meet people every day who inspire me and encourage me along the race of my busy day. Just one kind word or gesture can encourage me to keep running this race of my life. Recently, I left a meeting feeling inadequate, thinking that I wasn’t of much assistance because I didn’t know the answer to a question. When I checked my phone for missed messages, I had received a text from a friend that lifted my spirit. One person can make a difference. I pray every day that I can be a cheerleader who inspires and encourages the people I encounter, to use what God has given me to be that kind of inspiring person to others. Don’t you be afraid to be that person.
How many times in our day do we forget who is in charge of our lives? How many times do we forget about what God has planned for us? Do we see God’s hand in our life only during the good times?