Summary: How often do we brighten up the lives of others with special acts? • Or maybe a better question is, how often do we look for these kind of opportunities?
A minister wore a carnation on his lapel every Sunday morning.
• He never gave it much thought until one day after church,
• A visiting boy about ten years old asked him if he could have it.
• The minister handed it to him and asked him why he wanted it.
• The boy said that his parents were divorced the year before, and he went to live with his mother,
• But when she remarried, her new husband didn’t want him around so they sent him to live with his dad.
• Within a month, his dad said he was too busy to raise him and sent him to his grandmother to live.
He told the minister that his grandmother takes care of him and feeds him and buys him clothes.
• The boy said the reason I want the flower, is to give to my grandmother for loving me.
• The minister at this point could barely keep the tears back, but told the boy that he didn’t want the carnation.
• He said that for a reason that special, he needed a bouquet.
• So he told the boy to go up front and get the big bunch of flowers in front of his pulpit and give them to his grandmother.
• As the boy smiled and turned to go the flowers, and the minister heard him say,
“What a wonderful day – I asked for one flower and got a whole bouquet.”
How often do we brighten up the lives of others with special acts like this?
• Or maybe a better question is, how often do we look for these kind of opportunities?
• What I want us to look at today is that each one of us can make a tremendous difference in other people’s lives.
• We don’t have to be rich / especially talented. All we have to do is be loving.
• No matter what our circumstances, we can make a positive difference in other people’s lives.
The first question that we need to answer is
1 WHY SHOULD WE TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
• There are several reasons we should try to make a difference in other people’s lives.
• But one of the most important reasons is that the world actually depends on it.
• Can you imagine a world where nobody cared about anybody else?
• Can you imagine a world where nobody tried to ever help anybody else?
The world we live in depends on people helping people.
• We depend on the world giving food / To help when there is a Tsunami or a gigantic earthquake.
• We depend on the world to help when one nation unfairly attacks another, such as when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
• We would never survive if people didn’t try to help each other.
• Without compassionate people, this world would collapse into absolute satanic chaos.
We should also try to make a difference in other people’s lives because
• It makes such a wonderful difference in ours when we do.
• We are never told how the Good Samaritan felt after helping the man alongside the road,
• We don't know how Paul felt after he helped deliver the money to a church in Jerusalem,
• But I would think that both felt very good.