Thursday, November 13, 2014

Make a Difference

Every Thursday Holly Mueller from Reading, Teaching, Learning, creates a place where readers can share their spiritual journeys.

Be a difference maker!  

When I started playing around with this post, I landed up in the middle of the 12 disciples.  You may think that is a strange place to end up, but think about it.  The 12 disciples were quite the difference makers.  But I am sure they didn't think that. Imagine Andrew, sitting in his boat, doing what he does every day - fishing.  The next thing he knows, he his dropping his nets and following the one they call Jesus of Nazareth.

Here were twelve men with their flaws and shortcomings, going about their daily routine.  They were ordinary people, just like you and me.  All of sudden, their lives were about to change in ways I am sure they never imagined.  They were asked to spread the news of the gospel to the world - they were asked to be a difference maker.

And here I am doing what I do every day, guiding young minds and wondering, "Do I really make a difference?"  

I believe that in many ways, we are all called to be difference makers, just like the 12 disciples.  But do we answer that call?  Do we hear God's whisper? Do we feel His nudge?

In this season of gratitude and thanksgiving, my thoughts lean toward making a difference.  But I need to do this during my ordinary days in ordinary ways.   Some days it may be something simple, such as giving someone a smile or a hug.  Other times it might be something bigger.  God sees all of these.  I believe that in His eyes, it does't matter if we are a fisherman or a teacher, we can all make a difference in this world.

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16


  1. I love that you wrote about the 12 disciples. They were so ordinary and so extraordinary at the same time - just like us! God makes our ordinary into extraordinary if we'll only let Him! So glad to hear your voice this week!

  2. Moving beyond ordinary to fulfill an extraordinary task is a wonderful thought, Leigh Ann. Inspired teachers do this daily so I am sure your students are blessed by your presence and delivery.

  3. When I was thinking about this topic, I thought the same thing. That we all make a difference every day. I also think that it's a huge responsibility. Like Mary O says, "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?"

  4. We can make a difference everyday. We need to be open to the nudge, the whisper of the Spirit who guides us to where He wants us to make that difference. I know this is easier said than done.