Tuesday, April 11, 2017

“My father said this to me: ‘Israelmore, if you don't make any impact on earth, you will die before you die. But if you impress hearts with what you do, you still live even after you are gone.’” ― Israelmore Ayivor

               Been doing a lot of introspection this Holy Week. Just yesterday, I read about a man who said that you can either make money or make a difference.  That's maybe a little simplistic, but it's true nonetheless.  I have known personally how seductive making money can be, and when I had so much money that I could have made a huge difference, I didn’t—I just spent it all on myself, ashamed to remember, but I didn’t even make a difference with my own family—spent it all on me.  There are some who believe that the more money they make, the bigger difference they can make, but there is a huge risk involved in that belief because only one in a hundred or a thousand actually spend their money that way.   Bill and Melinda Gates come to mind, but they started out investing only in themselves and not others.  They have certainly changed and the world is a better place because of them, but there are so very few like them.  There ARE housewives and bus drivers who give two or three nights a week to care for others—they make a difference.  I saw on the show “Secret Millionaire” couples who lived for helping troubled youth and gave all their income and their homes in service.  Some folks only give an hour or so a week, but in so doing—they make a big difference.  
             The life changing question here is, “Do you want to make a difference?"  Do you want this world to be a better place because you were a part of it?  Do you want to be remembered because you were important—or significant?  I was duly proud when one of my own sons said that he didn’t want to be famous, but he did want to be significant in the lives of others.  I am only just now coming around to living my life for that purpose.  There is no question about what Christ wants for you, is there?  Check out what he says about making money, and what he says about making a difference.  I was driving my grandmother around Beverly Hills in Los Angeles to show her where the rich people lived. She told me that they weren’t rich—they were just moneyed.  Wise woman, my grandmother, because Christ knew that difference.  Christ doesn't ask for huge things from each of us—just little things that truly make a difference, like giving one child one cup of water.  He asks that you learn to love and forgive and nothing makes a bigger difference than those two acts.  When I lived in the States, I used to ask the clerk at the drive-thru window at McDonald's how much the bill was for the car behind me.  If it wasn't much, or it was something I could easily afford, I paid the bill and told the clerk to tell the customer behind me that their meal was a gift from God.  Didn't do it as often as I should have, and I never did know if it made a difference to those receiving the free meal, but it made a difference to me—and that's the lesson here.  Do things that make a difference to others that also make a difference to you.  I didn't read the words, "Well done, my good and ‘wealthy’ servant’” in the Bible, but I did read, "Well done, my good and ‘faithful’ servant."  During this Holy Week, spend some time thinking about how you can make a difference in the lives of others.  It doesn’t have to be a big thing, it just has to be a “Christ” thing.
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