Oh my goodness! In trying to find what I posted on last week, I came across an old post from a little over two years ago…from the day after my birthday in 2015. The post was called “God’s Timing is a Platitude.” Oooooo! Was I cynical! I was hurt, disappointed, and felt in limbo. My, how things have changed. #makeadifferencerightwhereyouare
Sometimes, it will appear that you’re not making a difference in someone’s life. You’ve tried to tell them what they should do, how they should do it, and the results they’ll get. Guess what? That may not work so well. What do you do, then?
For many years of my life, I felt I never made a difference in this world. I’ve actually fallen off the world a few times, just to see if anyone noticed. They didn’t. Or if they did, they didn’t contact me. I’m learning to make a difference in my own small way, right where I’m at.
How am I doing this? Relationship. It’s all about the relationships you have, and the ones God brings you. In the past, I’ve tried different ways to go about having friends and how I dealt with family. I was very shy most of my life and my interaction with others was quite limited. That may have been why I felt I didn’t make a difference.
You’ve heard the old song, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold.” You know a friend is truly gold they offer to drive an hour from their home to visit for one and a half hours, before driving that distance again, to go home.
Over the weekend, I had the privilege of connecting with an old friend from college. We haven’t seen each other in 41 years, but that didn’t matter. It was like no time had passed at all.
Last week, I talked about receiving Loving Correction––that is, correction and/or criticism offered in Love, to benefit the one accepting it. Hard as it may be, it’s important to learn this concept. It will help us grow as human beings and become more compassionate followers of Christ.
There’s two sides of this coin. One, how to receive correction given in love. Two, how to give loving correction. This week, I’ll talk about the first. There’s a difference between receiving correction or criticism given to you by a person who cares about you, your development as a person, and your personal growth.