Making a Difference with Your Life

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

— 2 Timothy 4:7

One morning in 1888, the inventor of dynamite awoke to read his own obituary, which was printed as a result of an error when the paper had gone to print. His brother had died and the paper carelessly printed the obituary of the wrong brother.

Anyone would have been disturbed at such a thing. But for this man, it was particularly overwhelming because he discovered himself as the world saw him, the “Dynamite King” who had made an immense fortune from explosives.

After reading his obituary, he resolved to make clear to the world the true meaning and purpose of life, which he did through the final disposition of his fortune. So the last will and testament of the inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, included an endowment of five annual prizes for outstanding contributions to the world. The most valuable of these was given for the promotion of peace… the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wherever you are today, it’s never too late to start making a difference with your life. It doesn’t have to be on the grand scale of a peace prize—maybe it’s sharing Christ with the people right around you. Impact others with your life and leave a legacy far beyond your years!

Prayer Challenge
Ask God to show you how you can make the most of your time here and leave a lasting legacy of faith to others.
Questions for Thought
1. Who in your life left a lasting impact?
2. What did they do that left such an impression on you?
3. What things are you doing now to make a difference in other’s lives?
4. What would you like your legacy to be after you’re gone?

A Meteor Shower of “What If’s”

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Max Lucado writes, “Anxiety is like a meteor shower of “what-ifs.” The sky is falling, and it’s falling disproportionately on you.”

Anxiety ain’t fun! One would think Christians would be exempt from worry but we are not. It’s enough to make us wonder if the apostle Paul was out of touch with reality when he wrote in (Philippians 4:6), “Be anxious for nothing.”

Is that what he meant? Not exactly. He wrote the phrase in the present active tense—implying an ongoing state. “Don’t let anything in life leave you perpetually breathless and in angst.” The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional.

Could you use some calm? Of course you could. We all could! We all could use a word of comfort and God is ready to give it. Just look up, not to the meteor shower of what-if’s, but the marvelous shower of God’s riches in glory for you in Christ Jesus.