Be a Barnabas
Barnabas is one of my favorite characters in the Bible because he always seemed to be encouraging and giving people the benefit of the doubt. When Saul was converted and later named Paul, few believers wanted to have anything to do with him…except for Barnabas. It was “When he came to Jerusalem, [Saul] tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus” (Acts 9:26-27). Try to stand up for others when they’re not there. If someone is being gossiped about or talked about negatively, try to stand up for them. Encourage someone, give people the benefit of the doubt. Be the Barnabas.
Be an Encourager
Like Barnabas was an encourager, you can be one too in your own spot in the world. You have no idea how one little word of encouragement can make the difference in a person’s day. I have discovered that if you find one sincere compliment you can give someone, they not only break out in a smile…they can break out of a bad day too. One tiny little encouragement can go a long, long way and it’s contagious. Spread encouragement and reap a smile and leave miles of smiles behind you. That’s why Paul wrote “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thess 5:11).
Be a Good Neighbor
A couple of years ago our neighbor’s wife had heart surgery and she was near to death. During that time, my wife brought food over for her struggling family. This couldn’t take their fear away but they knew that they had a neighbor who cared. When she finally came home from the hospital we celebrated together. Today, she’s slowed down a bit in her older age, but she’s never forgotten the kind acts of my wife bringing food for her and her family. She really made a difference in the world, even if it was only a small part of the world…like right next door.
Volunteer for Something
One of the most overlooked things that we can do to make a difference in the world is to volunteer for something. I volunteered as part of an outreach for a homeless ministry and met so many wonderful people…the volunteers and several homeless people. Our church donated clothing, blankets, and some toiletries and giving these things…and giving of ourselves, made a difference in other people’s lives but it did in our lives too. I love to visit the local nursing home and seek out those, who I discover by asking, have no family or visitors at all. These precious people are simply starving for someone to talk too. Volunteer for something and you will make a difference in the world.
If you are a Christian, you might be the only Bible that some people will ever read so use these 4 ways to make a difference in the world or think of your own ways and leave us a comment below so we can share your marvelous ideas with others.