We are told endlessly to make a difference or be the change, but we hardly ever believe that we can achieve great things. We are reminded of these words constantly especially when there has been a tragedy and everything seems to go more wrong then right. Society tends to lend the idea that only people who are successful or have a platform are the only ones who can make a difference. But I’m here to tell you that WE can all make a difference. Repeat this with me, and say: I can make a difference! Now, would you believe me if I told you that our faith mixed in with our passion could take us to do great things? Well, it does!
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, they followed immediately because they had faith in Him, and had a passion for change. Mind you, these were ordinary men. They were fishermen! But that did not stop them from fulfilling their calling. Some may have looked at the disciples a little sideways, since they would be leaving everything to follow a man that not many believed in or had heard of. The truth is not everyone will give you a round of applause when you decide to do something. But our passion will be greater than what others say.
When I was thirteen, my family and I moved thousands of miles from our hometown of Houston to Cali, Colombia. To be honest, I never thought that I would be moving to a whole new country to help others. Well, I had never been on a plane before or even been out of the state of Texas, so Colombia was probably the last place I thought I would go. But, that isn’t the point. What I am trying to say is that God used ordinary people like my family to be a blessing to many lives in El Retiro. It all started when my dad was obedient to the Lord’s calling. My dad could have easily said, “Well you know God, I honestly want to be obedient to this whole calling thing, but there are other people who can do the job better”. He could’ve had a million and one excuses to not go, but instead he obeyed and he made a difference. He made a difference in so many ways because he mixed his passion for helping others with his faith in God.
When it comes to making a difference there are no boundaries. Don’t let others make you think that your simple words of encouragement or your small act of kindness isn’t enough. Don’t let others make you think that you cannot make a change because in their eyes you do not have the resources. When we start to listen to these lies, we stop making a difference. There are others out there that need to see the difference being made or need to see that change. The change starts with US, so be BOLD and make a difference!
P.S. My family and I no longer live in Colombia but we still go yearly and maintain a very close relationship with the people there. If you would like to know a little more about what we do you can visit www.lightofvictoryministries.org. We are extremely passionate about helping the children in El Retiro. Every summer we send school supplies for children in need and around Christmas time we send gifts. We also plan various field trips for the children to enjoy.
If you would like to help with school supplies for these wonderful children, visit our missions page, www.lightofvictoryministries.org/home/summer-mission-trip-2017/. Together we can make a difference!
( taken during our mission trip in 2015)