Are you making others better or worse?

by | August 1, 2022

This past week has been a week I won’t forget. It’s been full of soul searching, travel to attend an unexpected funeral, long talks, and refocusing on what really matters in life. It felt like a roller coaster for sure. 

A dear friend we met passed along this thought which stuck with me throughout the week. It’s a quote from Elihu Burrit: 

“No human can come into this world without increasing or diminishing the sum total of human happiness . . . No one can detach himself from this connection. There is no sequestered spot in the universe, no dark niche along the disk of nonexistence to which he can retreat from his relations with others, where he can withdraw the influence of his existence upon the moral destiny of the world. Everywhere his presence or absence will be felt.”

In a nutshell, this eloquent quote summarizes the fact that every single one of us will have and has had an impact on the lives of others. You can’t hide from it. Your life is making other people better or worse. Mr. Burrit’s writing challenged me to really examine the daily choices I make. Everyday when I get up, I have to choose the master that I will serve today. I can choose myself, I can choose the world, or I can choose to serve the King of Kings. 

Joshua chose to serve the Lord: 
“. . . Choose you this day whom ye will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). 

Purpose and choose with me everyday to make Him your Master and to only live for Him. It is then that you and I will make a lasting impact on the lives of others for good! 

Be encouraged.

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