I cannot solve all of the worlds problems. I wish that I could. Don’t we all?
I wish I was super brilliant, and that I had a stellar IQ. I wish I never made ANY mistakes, and that I could be perfect. But that’s not how life works, now is it?
According to author Mandy Hale, in order to make a difference in the world, or even in someone else’s life, I don’t need to be any of these things. I don’t have to be beautiful, rich, brilliant, or even perfect. I just have to care.
It’s taken me some time to realize that I don’t have to be a Mother Theresa, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, or a Bill Gates to inspire others or make a difference in the world. I just have to be me, Emma Duncan.
My actions, how I love, show empathy, and mercy on everyone makes a difference. Not an, “Oh my gosh, Emma just discovered the theory of relativity,” type of difference. But a, “Wow, Emma really lives to serve. She always goes the extra mile,” kind of difference.
Sometimes I obtain a false sense of reality that I’m not capable of accomplishing such things. It’s natural. We all have doubt, don’t we?
However, the truth is that every one of us was put in this world to make a difference in our own unique way. Whether that be developing the world's largest software business, or just being a good friend.
At my church, we are in the midst of a series called, “The Difference of One.” This past weekend our pastor focused mainly on Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” A peacemaker is someone who takes the conflict-ridden world we live in and instead of fueling its conflict, brings peace into it. But peacemakers don’t just make an everlasting impact in one day now do they? It takes time.
It all starts with one simple action. Have you ever heard of The Butterfly Effect? It’s a theory that basically says that one small action or change, can lead to an even greater change further down the line. For instance, when a butterfly flaps its wings, it moves the slightest bit of air. That small amount of movement will lead to more movement that could cause a hurricane somewhere across the world.
This effect is true for people as well, not just butterflies. One small action can create a series of bigger reactions that might just change the world for better or for worse.
Becoming a peacemaker and launching my butterfly effect into action will take time. Patience is key! I have to remember to love and have mercy on others, and to show kindness and compassion even though it may be VERY hard to do sometimes. By doing these things, I can help others lead the life they were meant to live, and inspire them to do the same for others.
Remember ladies and gents, If you want to make a difference and be remembered, you do not have to do incredible things! You just have to care.
Peace out y’all! Speaking of peace, go and be a peacemaker!