The Acronym of DIY: “Do It Yourself”
Who has the power to make a difference? That’s what we’re going to explain in this article.
This is a common question a lot of people love to ask. You’ve already heard that even the smallest of people can make a difference. Is this true? Let’s state the obvious: Some have more influence than others. Likely, television stars or the president of the United States have much more influence on others than you will ever have in your life. But let’s go to the bible about this question to find out what is true.
The person we are to go to is Paul the Apostle. Feel free to follow me by reading 2 Corinthians 12:7. He’s writing a letter to his Christian friends who live in Corinth. We find Paul alone and beaten in prison. Specifically in verse seven, Paul questions God and why he has such a “thorn in the flesh” that hinders him. What is God’s response? God reminds Paul that “My grace is sufficient for thee.” That is an answer we all can have confidence in. So if you’re struggling through life and it looks like evil is about to win, remember this little phrase: God cannot be beaten. If you allow God to have his will in your life, then it’s as good as done. Not even Satan can stop you.
That doesn’t mean we are to sit back and assume God will do all the work. By all means, it’s God’s strong will that will always be done. It is by nature that we, being God’s children, are to love the common person and to work for the Lord. Try your best for God, and then He will take care of the rest.
But let’s get back on subject. If we try to see Paul as the Romans saw him during that day, all you would see is a weak and frail individual who was counted as just another prisoner of Rome. Little did they know during that day that his various letters would be collected in one book called the Bible. Today, we know that despite how weak and frail Paul was, it was his work that gave God the glory.
So let’s get back to the question: Who has the power to influence other people? Whomever that person is, what must they do to obtain that power? First and foremost, my opinion is not much. But if I could, I would claim that YOU as the individual have the power to influence others. Our bad and good deeds are like ripples in an ocean. What we are praised or condemned for makes a difference in those who live around us. That’s where the answer lies. And because God has stated that each individual is precious and of so much value that He would come down and die for us, every small amount of influence is a lot. So with this article, I hope I have been an encouragement to you. I hope you read your daily scripture with the thought of, “How can I improve myself today? How can I make my God happy about how I live?” Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6.