Will you make a difference today?

How will you make a difference today? What will you do to impact in a positive way someone who comes across your path? What will you say to impact in a positive way someone who comes across your path? What will you make happen today that will impact the lives of the people around you in a positive way? How will you make a difference today?

It may not be easy but it will be worth it - Make a difference

Do you realize that sometimes what we do makes a difference just not in the way we expected? Do you realize that sometimes what we say makes a difference just not in the way we were hoping? Do you think before you speak or act? Do you consider the outcome or the consequences of your decision before you speak or act? What type of a difference are you really trying to make? to society? to your family? to your friends? to your coworkers?

Imagine if your obituary was accidentally written and published before you died and you got to hear what would be said about you and how you would be remembered. What would it say? How would it impact the rest of your life? Would you need to change things up? Would you continue to live the same way? Would you be surprised by anything that would have gotten published? Would you be surprised by anything people would be saying or posting be it on the internet via social networks or the news or somewhere else? Might it shock you into changing? Might it give you peace because you learn that you actually made a positive impact on the world in and through your life? What would it say? What do you hope it would say? Is there anything that you would consider changing now before it was too late in order to make a difference through positively impacting the world around you?

Today’s devotional speaks about Alfred Nobel and how he made a change because just such a thing happened in order to turnaround the legacy he would leave behind…

Alfred Nobel (1833–1896) is best known for the Nobel Peace Prize. Less well known is the fact that Alfred Nobel also invented dynamite. As well as a chemist, engineer and innovator, he was a weapons’ manufacturer.

In 1888, Alfred’s brother Ludvig died. A French newspaper erroneously published Alfred’s obituary. It condemned him for his invention of dynamite, stating: ‘The merchant of death is dead… Dr Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.’

Alfred Nobel was devastated by the foretaste of how he would be remembered. His last will and testament set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel prizes. He gave the equivalent of US $250 million to fund such prizes. Alfred Nobel had the rare opportunity to evaluate his life near its end and live long enough to change that assessment.

Have you ever wondered what difference your life might make? How can your life bring blessing to other people? How can you change the world for the better? How can your life be of ultimate lasting value? How can we lead fruitful lives?

–from Day 246: Bible In One Year 2017

What legacy will you leave behind? What lasting value will it make on the world? What fruits will your life produce?

Consider the fruits of the spirit…

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So let’s live lives that won’t trip others up! Let’s live lives that are pure, with understanding, with patience, with kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by sincere love. Let’s live in honesty! Let’s live out our lives serving God as living sacrifices! Let’s live our lives as temples of the Holy Spirit! Let’s get rid of anything that will defile our body or spirit and so we can live lives that will glorify God and point others to Him!

Jesus made a difference, a difference that will last for eternity! Jesus is the vine and when we accepted Him, we have been grafted to it! Let Him and His love fill you to overflowing so that you will produce fruit that will make a difference to the world around you!

Is it worth it if you can make a difference in just one person’s life today? Does it matter if you can only make a difference in one person’s life today? It does to that one!

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Day 246: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Fruitfulness comes from faithfulness to God … Psalm 105:12-22
  2. Fruitfulness comes from the Holy Spirit … 2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1
  3. Fruitfulness comes from closeness to Jesus … Isaiah 3:1-5:7

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