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Make a Difference: Live and Live Well

by | Sep 3, 2021 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Everyone needs a sense of purpose. It seems to me that happiness or satisfaction is found when we feel useful and make a difference in the life of someone else.

Paul reminds followers of Christ that we are all different, with our own abilities and strengths (and weaknesses.) While the list from Romans 12 is not all-inclusive it encourages us to maximize our strengths.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12: 4-8

So, think about the kinds of things that stir your passion for life. What do others say are your strengths? 

Most of us probably have a pretty good idea of our particular gifts. When we live within our greater purpose, we will as Emerson said, “make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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