Do you want to make a difference in this world, but feel powerless because there are too many people and problems?

Well, you may not be able to change the world all by yourself, but you can be a difference-maker in your sphere of influence. We all have a circle of people whose needs we know.

We usually think, “If only I was rich, then I could really help people. I could buy someone a house or a car.” But you don’t have to have money to make a difference. Sometimes it just takes a little thought and extra effort.

Perhaps there’s a person in your church who could use help moving. Is there a struggling family you know who might need an extra meal? A widow needing some house repairs? A young child who needs help with his homework or needs someone to listen to him?

The real gifts, the ones we remember, are not always bought at Target, Best Buy, or Barnes and Noble. They are acts of love, springing from a heart filled with the love of God.

And when we give like this, God gives back to us—not always in a material way, but He makes sure our needs are met. He ensures that there are people around to help us when we are hurting.

Sensitivity to the needs of others keeps us from dwelling on our own struggles. It keeps us from being selfish and proud.

Ask God to show you how you can help someone else today.

The world says, “The more you take the more you have.” Christ says, “The more you give, the more you are.” — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder