A life of sig­nif­i­cance

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“Let us think of ways to mo­ti­vate one another to acts of love and good works.”

For a very long time like many peo­ple I know, I have de­fined suc­cess in terms of what one ac­quires and the po­si­tion they hold in so­ci­ety.

This def­i­ni­tion is what the world has made us be­lieve, that in or­der to be sig­nif­i­cant you must hold a high of­fice and drive a very big car with an equal amount of promi­nence. Sadly this def­i­ni­tion is wrong. It’s not so much who you be­come, but rather what your to­tal con­tri­bu­tion is.

We all are mis­taken in our be­lief that our con­tri­bu­tions should be huge and marked by a level of sig­nif­i­cance that the world ac­knowl­edges. It is rather the lit­tle things we do to make the places we live bet­ter.

The Bi­ble says, “and the great­est one of them is love,” mean­ing that to love is the great­est gift one can gen­er­ally con­trib­ute. We have been told that to ac­quire driven by greed and self­ish­ness is the hall­mark of be­ing sig­nif­i­cant, whereas it’s ac­tu­ally the other way round; our level of sig­nif­i­cance is based on the amount of love that we share.

It starts with lov­ing the places we live in: our coun­try, our neigh­bours, our brothers and sis­ters and the gen­eral de­sire to up­lift rather than to take. It’s so much eas­ier to re­ceive, it’s even eas­ier to give ex­cuses in terms of how you can­not con­trib­ute to the bet­ter­ment of so­ci­ety be­cause you do not have or you are dis­ad­van­taged. We want to suc­ceed at the ex­pense of oth­ers, yet we do not want the re­verse to hap­pen to us. Ev­ery day is an op­por­tu­nity to be a cit­i­zen who makes a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence.

We al­ways think that a con­tri­bu­tion must be some­thing big, yet it starts with some­thing as sim­ple as in­vest­ing our time.

How do we cur­rently spend our time, do we in­vest it in causes other than our own? The time you spend in con­ver­sa­tion with a young­ster need­ing guid­ance, the time you spend fix­ing the pot­hole out­side your house and not wait­ing for it to be­come a man­hole, while as­sign­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity to some­one else, is all a part of who you are and how you should ul­ti­mately be judged .

Love is what will drive us to be con­trib­u­tors, peo­ple who go be­yond self, who will get their hands dirty at what­ever level they may be to make a dif­fer­ence.

The LORD planted the seed of love in your heart, you are called to un­leash its re­mark­able power to do good and make the world a bet­ter place. What will you do to start be­ing a sig­nif­i­cant contributor to the well-be­ing of oth­ers? Ask the LORD to open your heart to see all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist for you to make the place you live in and the peo­ple around you bet­ter.

Be blessed For more info: He­brews 10:24

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