Have you ever had a small moment that made a huge difference in your day?
Recently I received a card. It is of simple design. The message inside is a straightforward thank you. But, it brought me a whole lot of joy. While it may not stand out to anyone else, I so greatly appreciate the time and effort that it took to write and to be delivered to me. It just warmed my heart.
Plus, a huge bonus, the envelope is purple, the card has purple polka dots and the text inside is purple. To me, it’s not just purple, it’s personal. That is because purple is my favorite color. It makes my heart smile.
I have a whole box of cards like this that have made my day and blessed me. I so frequently write in my journal about the many amazing things that happen in my day to make things a bit better. I have volumes written in my heart and filed in my mind about the things that make me smile.
The hug of a child, a joke with one of my kids, a call from a friend, a message on facebook from an old classmate, laughter shared with my husband. So many small things, such a large difference made.
Part of my Bible studies recently has been looking at the life of Jesus through the book of Luke. Luke 24:30-31 (NIV) hit me like it never has before. It reads,
“When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.”
I find it absolutely amazing that the Lord would use such a routine activity as breaking bread to reveal the marvelous truth of his resurrection to his followers. Through the ordinary flows the extraordinary.
God uses small and seemingly simply moments to make a profound impact. He sends us little messages of hope. Moments that make a difference.
If we are willing and open to Him, He will use us as a vessel to deliver these messages. How amazing is that?!
Do you ever have those moments where you feel prompted to do something small? Moments to just make a call to a friend, to give an extra hug to a child, to go our of your way to pick up something for a family member; those are make a difference moments.
It seems to me that these moments usually lie at the intersection of what I have planned for my day and what God has available for my day. It usually leaves me with a choice – choose to pull forward and continue on my journey or make that turn onto the path that God is prompting me to.
Sometimes I spend an unusual amount of time sitting there, staring at the options and weighing the pros and cons. Other times I pull on forward and speed along my route because I have things I just have to get done today. There are rare occasions, where I quickly respond to God, throw my blinker on and make that turn. Then there are encounters where I pull forward slowly continuing on my path only to make a u-turn and come back because I felt almost physically tugged in that other direction.
Make a difference moments, they come from anywhere at anytime. I often ask myself if I am ready for them. I want to be used to spread messages of encouragement, of hope and of love to others. I want to build people up and to help them press on in whatever race they are running. I love to be the cheerleader on the sidelines.
The blessing in disguise is that every time I try to make a difference in the life of another, there is usually a very beautiful difference made in my own. God will always be the greatest giver, author and perfecter, of every amazing make a difference moment. Every time I pour out passionate encouragement and prayer to make an impact, God pours joy over me refreshing me to my core being.
God is just so amazing.
I am delighted that God asks us to help in small ways, because I can handle helping with small things. I can write one card. I can pick up an extra bottle of soda on my break to give to a colleague who’s had a rough day. I can turn off the computer and read my daughter one extra book. I can make one phone call in my day. I can squeeze one text message between my to do list activities. I can add a prayer during my commute.
It really does not take much. The smallest of things can make a person stop for a moment and realize how loved they are. Below is a picture of a gift my daughter, who is 8 years old, left for me on my dresser one day.
It is a miniature kit kat bar with a post it note. My daughter met a make a difference moment and responded through giving me a piece of her candy. She wrote the note the best that she could. She left it for me and went back to whatever she was doing. She was faithful and obedient to God’s call.
All because of that, I was blessed. My daughter ministered to me when I really needed it. She did something that was rich and personal. This small act was like a big hug around my heart.
Today, on this Monday, I know the to do lists are long and the tasks are mounting while we work, but what can we do today to create a make a difference moment in the life of another person?
Take just a few moments to pray about it. When God answers your prayers, make that turn and follow thru. Pour out your best into that little act. God just may have a little something in store for you too.
Thank You so much for blessing us with the little moments in our lives that make a big difference. Thank You for using us to make a difference in the lives of others.
Thank You for the small tasks. Lord, the world is quick to throw big and overwhelming projects at us. It is easy for us to get buried, to burn out and to feel hopeless. Thank You for requesting things that we are fully capable of doing with Your help. Please assist us by helping us to be in tune with You so that we could hear Your voice, Your requests and the details of what You ask with greater clarity.
Lord, please help us with the hardest part, responding obediently when You call. Help us to not spend more time contemplating if we should do it, than the time it actually takes to do what You ask. I, personally, can be so guilty of that.
Finally Lord, I ask that You would abundantly bless those who pour out with an overwhelming return of joy in their lives. May it fuel them forward in the work that You have called them to. May they feel Your love wrap around them like a cozy blanket.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.