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Making a Difference?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My whole life I have wanted to make a difference in the world in which I live. This has always seemed to be somewhat insane, but still what I desire deep down. It has been frustrating to want to make a difference so much, but to see so little possibility of it ever happening. I am going to share a quote or two with you that I heard today from the church I am attending at the moment.

"Yet, with the power of God, the smallest gift can become the greatest change."

The pastor ended his sermon with this prayer. "God give us discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that instead we may live deep within our hearts. Grant us anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may wish for justice, freedom, and peace. Bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen."

I love that last line. Bless us with enough foolishness... That really is what it feels like to me, foolishness and yes, I do want that. I want to believe that I can make a difference. Sometimes I am quite the cynic. I have a hard time believing that my recycling my Sunday newspaper, does much if any good. I have a hard time believing that my financial decisions makes a difference to others much. I have a hard time believing that my going to church and trying to live a Christian life makes much of a difference either, but in the end, I have to do what I can and be who I am. I am a Christian, I am a recycler, I am a person who tries to think before I do something. I want my actions to reflect my beliefs and who I am and I hope in the long run that makes some kind of difference, more than just reaffirming who I am and what I believe in.

Also watched an episode from Season 2 of West Wing, I think it was, where President Bartlett is having one of those am I making a difference days. A law he hates and believes is completely wrong will pass with or without his vote, normal procedure for dealing with black market oil/UN Sanctions just seem inadequate and the idea for helping those who want to be teachers go to college will be researched to start with maybe 100 teachers, not 100,000. His response is that it is a start. And I guess that is what it is for all of us.

Yes, these answers won't always be satisfying. I find them incredibly frustrating sometimes, but I doubt I will give up, because it is who I am.
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    Thanks for a great blog. Every one wants to know they did atleast one thing that made a difference even if to one other individual. I am sure you are making a great difference in more ways than you know, your leadership in these challenges, your activities in your neighbourhood and above all by actually questioning yourself shows that you are making a difference. So thank you for this blog because it make to wonder if at all I have ever made a difference in other peoples' lives..

    2706 days ago
    Great job today, Beautiful Butterfly. I teach writing at a State University, and every semester I meet about 78 new students. I want to make a difference as well. And, I trust that I have, though I will never know what has happened to about 75 of those students after the semester has ended, I hope that I have helped them make a better transition to college, for those who are first generation, hope that I have helped them look at media differently, hope that I have helped some of them develop habits of reading, writing, and thinking that serve them. And, it is a little foolish. I had a professor who pointed out to us that though we LOVE our students, most won't remember for they had for Freshman Composition at all. It's OK with me. I trust my God and my Faith, that I'm doing whatever I can for whoever is called.

    Loved your blog. Keep dreaming, superstar!

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    2706 days ago
    Thanks for posting this. I totally agree with you and you do make a difference -- even writing your blog will inspire others to do something. Your pastor's words were very good, also. Just what we all need to hear (and apply). emoticon

    We can all do something!
    2707 days ago
    Your Blog makes a lot of sense, was very interesting and I will bet a lot of people feel this way. With a lot of people feeling this way, if we all do what we can our world will be a better place it live. I got into recycling plastic bags recently, I cut them into loops, hook them together into plarn (yarn out of plastic)
    and crochet many things, such as coin purses, clutch purses, totes, lunch boxes, lap top bags, big purses, and knapsack. My first project was key chain wristlets. I have probably used thousands of bags doing this. Do I feel good, about this? Yes. I also, spoke at a church community days to people and mentioned making mats for homeless people out of the plastic bags. They said they were taking on this as a group, to make these mats. I am so proud the idea is moving forward!

    2707 days ago
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