Last evening I watched several clips from NBC’s Making A Difference segment. Story after story about various individuals who step out of their comfort zones to help others. From a town who gave a wounded soldier and his bride a fairy tale wedding ,to a group that holds monthly potluck dinners to send funds to women in developing nations. Amazing tales of sacrifices to make life a little better for those in need.
What struck me the most was each person said, “I had to do it”, as if their very life depended upon these acts of generosity. There were no regrets or thoughts about what if I can’t do it, or should I do it? It was just a solid resignation that it had to be done. No matter what the cost, they felt compelled to act. As a result, not only were the recipients changed, but the givers were also transformed.
Isn’t that how Jesus felt in the garden that fateful night when he said “not my will be done”? Although he wrestled, and drops of blood fell upon his brow he gave up himself to give the ultimate gift to the world. And because of it he made the biggest difference in our lives.
It was a pleasure watching each story. I was moved, and deeply touched by the outpouring of love and generosity, even by those who faced major ordeals. Be encouraged to make a difference in the lives of others. The benefits far outweight risks. You will be transformed, and so will those around you.