“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” (John 6:9)
Life can mess with our heads. It can make us believe our actions make no difference, that what we do doesn’t matter.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, everything we do matters.
In John, chapter six, a child whose name we don’t even know offered up his lunch to feed thousands of people. Why would he do such a ridiculous thing? He must have known his little lunch wouldn’t make a difference. But he gave it anyway. His small action sparked a mind-boggling miracle. Everyone ate their fill, with food left over. Thousands of years later, his action still assures us of God’s supernatural provision.
What we do matters greatly. The plan of God is always his presence working through his people. Just as the boy’s lunch must have seemed small to him, our actions may seem small to us. But just as God worked through that boy, he will work through us and use our seemingly-small actions to make big changes.
What does God’s presence working through us look like? Here are some small actions that cause big-time changes in the world:
- Be kind to people, even to those who disagree with us. There’s no reason to be ugly to anyone.
- Be patient. Listen—not in order to respond, but to heal.
- Show compassion. Reach out to someone who is hurting.
- Forgive quickly. Because we have been forgiven of much, we should generously forgive.
- Be willing to share Godly wisdom with others, when the time is right.
- Smile! The joy of the Lord should show on our faces.
These six actions reflect God’s character. He is kind, patient, compassionate, and forgiving. God gives us wisdom. And he smiles on us with a joyful twinkle in his eye. We are to daily become more and more like God, and these six actions are a pretty good start.
In the book, “The Shack,” by William Paul Young, the character of the Holy Spirit says, “If anything matters, then everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes. Every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes. With every kindness and service, seen or unseen, my purposes are accomplished, and nothing will be the same again.”
Everything we do matters. “Nothing I do makes a difference” is a lie designed to keep us from the destiny God designed for us. Before we were born, God planned our destiny and the good works he wanted us to do during our lives (Ephesians 2:10). Don’t fall for the lie. Take every opportunity possible to do good. That’s how we change the world.
Father God, open my eyes to the difference I can make in the world. I know my actions make a difference. What I do changes the world for better or for worse. Fill my heart with kindness, patience, compassion, forgiveness, Godly wisdom, and joy. Let my life impact the world in the best possible way. In Jesus’s name, amen.