It’s really easy for me to get caught up in coordinating the everyday chaos that is our life. I have two young children and my days seem full of things like making meals, vacuuming cheerios out of the carpet, cleaning up dishes, sitting in the preschool drop-off line, paying bills, mopping the floor, trying to run a small business, and the other one-thousand things that come with being a mom and a wife.
Every now and then, I find myself between chores thinking “What am I even doing? Who am I impacting? What difference am I making in the world?” If I sit long enough and am able to move past my pity-party, I hear that still, quiet whisper say it’s up to me. It’s up to me to make a difference. Making a difference doesn’t always have to mean writing a book that saves thousands. It doesn’t always mean doing something so noble that your story is told all around the country. Sometimes, most of the time really, making a difference is done in the shadows. It’s done where few see.
Making a difference often starts in our homes. It’s raising kind toddlers that become kind men and women. It’s reaching out to a friend who has just lost a family member. Sometimes it means taking a neighbor a meal or ordering them a pizza just because the Lord put them on your heart. Offer a service for free… just because. Bless other people. Raise your children to have confidence in themselves and trust in the Lord.
You can and you should make a difference right where you are. Impact the people around you. Show them love and kindness and compassion. A lot of times showing people love results in a "softball," or an easy opportunity to tell your story.
Everything we do can be kingdom work if we let it. Pray for children as you fold their clothes. Make double when you are preparing dinner and drop it off at someone’s house. Honor the Lord with your finances as you pay your bills. Play worship music and have intentional conversations with your children as you wash the dishes… maybe even let them help. Go out of your way to do a chore for your spouse without expecting anything in return. Add an encouraging note to your children or spouse’s lunch -- let them know you will be praying for them today. Encourage a coworker with a coffee and a listening ear. Be kind to someone who isn’t kind to you -- whether they want to or not they will see the Lord. Let others see the Lord through you.
Kingdom work comes in all shapes and sizes. The most important thing is to let God use you. You may never write a book that saves thousands or have your noble deeds on national television, but I promise you can make an eternal difference from right where you are. Be open to the Lord's promptings and when He throws you an easy one, make sure you swing.