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How to Make an Impact in this Mess of a World

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There’s a lot of talk about impact nowadays.

Making an impact in this world.

But what does that really mean?

First, we need to look at what it means to impact something.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary impact means to have a strong and often bad effect on (something or someone) OR to hit (something) with great force.

I thought it interesting that it said “and often bad effect.” Well, I want to talk about having a good effect—a good impact. No correction. A great impact. To use their second definition—to hit this world with a great force—the great force of knowing Jesus. That sounds so cheesy. I admit it.

If you already know Jesus, then every day, every decision has the possibility of having a wonderful impact in this world—making a difference in somebody’s life. Sometimes by simply smiling, listening, and praying.

It really is that simple.

Now I want to talk a little bit about the powerful impact we have a Christian when we do nothing. For example, let’s say we see someone in need but we ignore them. I’ve done it. I admit that there have been times that I’m too busy to stop and help someone.

Or worse, we watch a person dig deeper and deeper into bad decisions and never tell them that there is a better way. That, my friend, is making an impact in that person’s life—a bad one. It’s as though we are a log in their path of life—tripping them up. And I’ll tell ya what’s tripping them up, it’s saying we’re a Christian, but not acting like one. That is so confusing to our non-Christian friends. So let’s stop doing that, pretty please.

Start small.

Pray for our friends. At first they don’t have to know about it. Eventually, work ourself up to praying with them.

Listen but don’t condone.

Walk away if they insist on doing something we don’t agree with. Offer for them to come with us. But if they don’t want to leave the situation, explain why we can’t stay and tell them that when they are ready we’d be happy to talk to them about why we had to leave.

Never be ashamed of being a Christian. Being saved by Jesus is something to be proud of.

Have a humble confidence. Humble in your own abilities, but confident in God’s ability.

And pray. I know I already said this, but it bears repeating. I’m serious. Prayer has the greatest impact in this world.

So let’s try to have a positive impact in this world. We can’t sit by and be a log on the path of life. Make a conscience decision to make a difference.

How about you? What have you done lately to make an impact in somebody’s life?

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