Sometimes we have the mistaken idea that to make a difference in the world, we must be important or famous or brilliant or successful. We must make some amazing discovery, cure a disease, or write a best-selling self-help book. But ask yourself—who has touched your life significantly? Most of us would name a teacher who took special interest, a coach who spent extra time at practice . . . a neighbor who showed sympathy at the right time.

In our day-to-day worlds, we often make a difference just by putting one foot in front of the other— by showing up and touching the people before us. A word or smile, a helping hand, company for someone alone, an ear to listen . . . at the end of the day the people who love me in simple ways are the ones who most affect my life.

God doesn’t ask us to be famous or important. He asks us to be faithful in small ways. And that makes the difference.

Do something today (before sunset!) that will brighten up or be a surprise in someone else’s day.

Question for Reflection:
What act did someone do that was a light in your day?

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