Mr. Sullivan. I’ll never forget that name as long as I live. I met him when I least expected to He was an unexpected friend and confidant. We were similar, so he understood me. He took the time to learn the way my brain darts from thought to thought, analysis to analysis. I am forever indebted to him.
He does this every day. Making a difference, one life at a time. No one calls his non-existent secretary for speaking requests, and he doesn’t run one of the nations top podcasts.
Yet, every day, one life at a time, he continues to make his eternal mark.
There is a lie that floats around and occasionally whispers in our ear. It speaks words of discouragement. They read something like this:
Can you really make an impact? You’re just a manager.
Can you really disciple people? You’re just an average church member.
Lies like these stifle our impact and influence. Not far behind that fib is this one:
Big impacts are made in mass. You gotta be a preacher for that. You gotta be a charismatic person, a mover and a shaker. You’re boring. Unimpressive.
May I remind you, our Savoir was unimpressive in the world’s eyes. He was a carpenter from a town filled with peasants. His family was irrelevant to anyone except those He lived with day in, and day out.
Friend, your impact is not directly related to your ability to do “grand” or “great” things. The work of God’s Kingdom can be accomplished even when your name goes unrecognized.
I want to challenge you. For the next month, see what kind of an impact you have by engaging people one on one with Christ-like love and care. Pray for them without broadcasting it. Remember details. Be on time to meetings. Smile and laugh with people. Welcome them with warm conversation. You don’t have to be oddly “intentional” or focused. Just be there and be present.
Be ready to engage in meaningful conversation at the coffee pot in the break room. Share a laugh with your favorite barista. Hug your pastor.
Your grand, great difference can be made in the shadows, as an ordinary person, one life at a time.