I believe the Bible teaches that Christians can and should be difference-makers in their own little circles. I am not saying everyone should be a superstar, but I am saying that the focus and quality and intensity and sincerity that Christians should exhibit due to their indwelling Holy Spirit and high view of God, his holiness and calling, should be making a difference wherever they are.
I want to be a difference maker.
Here is a little inspiring story of someone small making a difference.
I recently heard of a 4th grade boy who is making a big difference at his school in his classroom. This particular public school allows each day for a 20 minute ‘free reading’ period. During this time students are allowed to read anything they would like. Often kids read comic books, sports books, novels, etc.
Well, this particular 4th grade boy decided he wanted to bring his Bible and read it during the free read time. Knowing the tension between public schools and the one true God, this student first asked his teacher for permission to read his Bible. The teacher told him he was allowed to read his Bible because it is a ‘free reading’ time, and students are allowed to reading anything of their choice.
So the next day this student brings his Bible to school. When ‘free reading’ time comes, he reaches into his backpack and pulls out his Bible and proceeds to read it. The student sitting next to him notices that he is reading the Bible. So this new observant student asks if he can too.
Sure enough. So the next day, these two neighboring desk students are each reading their Bibles in the public school classroom during the ‘free reading’ time.
Over the next several days, it began to spread. As of last week, the last I had heard, there were now six 4th grade students in that class boldly reading the Bible during the ‘free reading’ time.
One young student took a small step and is now making a big difference.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” –Isaiah 40:8
“let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16