Making a difference is all about giving and that's exactly what Sarah shares about in this video blog for this chapter. There is something deep down inside of us that wants to make a difference and the most immediate way that can start is by reaching out to serve in our communities and among those we know of nearby. For New Yorkers, that could mean joining a disaster relief team to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. But for others outside of the Northeast, there are still countless ways you can make a difference. It could mean volunteering at a food pantry or cleaning up a neighbor's lawn or raising awareness about human trafficking or simply reaching out and showing love to someone who needs a friend. Whatever the need may be, it will always require giving of yourself.
Back in week two of our Stress Point study, our memory verse was Ephesians 2:10 and I feel that it is relevant to what we're discussing in this chapter as well...
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. - Ephesians 2:10
When we first took a look at this verse, it was from the angle of self-image and who we are in Christ. Now that we are aware that we're God's masterpieces and that we've been created anew in Christ Jesus, we can focus on the second part of the verse where it says we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Did you know that way before we were created anew in Christ Jesus, God already knew how we could make a difference right now in 2012. He planned it. And now that we realize who we are in Him, we can find our place in the Body of Christ. In doing so, we will be His hand extended to those who are in need and others can be created anew in Christ Jesus because of our demonstration of His love. So, whatever it may be, when you are compelled by the love of Jesus to do something for others, know that you can and you will make a difference.