Nanie and me spending some time together…
My grandma recently took part in a prison ministry project with a local church to send Christmas cards to those in prison. Always one to encourage others, Nanie didn’t just promise to send one card, but completed nearly 100 cards.
Her inspirational cards also included her favorite Bible verses and handwritten notes about the hope we have in Jesus.
Recently, the pastor of the church announced that the Christmas cards had been well-received. In particular, one man had written that he felt his life was hopeless and was about to commit suicide.
Nanie’s card arrived just in time.
The Lord softened this man’s heart and used Nanie’s card to spark an interest in the Gospel in the man.
The little action of taking the time to write a card made a huge impact.
My friend, Mariann, and her young homeschooled daughter take the time to haul their pet alpaca to nursing homes where they visit with residents, sing songs with them, discuss the projects she makes from alpaca wool, and, most importantly, Mariann shares about Jesus. If there’s an interest, she elaborates and shares her rich testimony of God’s goodness and grace.
One of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, Mariann is taking the little action of spending time with others and turning it into a huge impact on, not only the residents of the nursing homes, but also her elementary-aged daughter.
A young man named Brock who works with my husband recently attended the funeral of a fellow co-worker. While there, Brock heard the pastor speak of salvation. He later asked my husband and another co-worker about Jesus.
Two days later, Brock met with the pastor from the funeral and gave his life to Jesus Christ. Each day, he and my husband meet during breaks where Brock asks questions regarding his newfound faith. My husband blessed him with a new Bible and two other books to read to encourage his faith.
Because my husband took the time to meet with Brock and pray for this young man, Brock’s life has been changed for eternity.
Little actions. Big impacts.
A man named Philip at our church has a zest for the Lord. It’s seen clearly through his actions. Philip won’t be joining the Newboys anytime soon, yet he sings his heart out to the Lord each and every Sunday.
While many worry that they can’t carry a tune and what others might think if they truly lifted their voices to Jesus, Philip pushes all that aside. To the newcomers of the church, his faith and devotion toward God are evident.
They see something in him that sets him apart from others. Something they want.
Such a small action. With such a big impact.
We must never think that those seemingly minute things we do will not influence someone.
To the contrary.
God uses us each day to be a light for Him. May we all shine our lights brightly and make an impression for the better on those around us. Friends and strangers alike.
Who knows…that impact we make may just make an eternal difference.