When I think of what it means to be someone who makes an impact, I think of several characteristics. I think of someone who listens, someone who is willing to invest time in the lives of others, someone who puts others above themselves, and someone who looks beyond barriers that separate cultures. There have been several people in my life personally that have made a huge impact, however people that make the most impact are the ones that aren’t necessarily even trying to.
Jesus was the ultimate leader. He made the ultimate impact. He spent time with people no matter what, he listened, he gave, and he sacrificed. Because of the impact that Jesus had on people, they were willing to “step up” and make a difference!
Mother Theresa had a huge impact on our world. She once said, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." She recognized that often times people don’t want to do the “little things”, they want to do the big things so they can be acknowledged for what they’re doing. But her strength, her impact, came from being faithful over time with the small things.
Often times we find ourselves wondering how we too can make an impact. How can we leave a legacy, or fingerprint on this world? It’s simple, follow this verse outlined in the Bible…it’s found in Micah 6:8,
“But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don't take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.”
Do those things. Do what is just and fair. Be compassionate. Be loyal. Take God seriously. And be faithful in the little things. If you do these things, your impact will reach far beyond what you ever could possibly imagine.