You Are Here to Make a Difference

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Often as we age, we feel less useful. Sometimes, depending on our vocation or our abilities, we may feel unimportant at a much younger age—as if we could disappear and it wouldn’t matter. 

But you do matter. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t. 

Sometimes you may feel unimportant, but you do matter. You wouldn't be here if you didn't. Share on X

And you can make a difference in someone’s life and for the Kingdom of God. 

Yes, even you who are “just a housewife.”
Yes, even you who cannot say a word.
Yes, even you who are confined to a wheelchair.
Yes, even you who have walked this earth for nearly a century now.
Yes, even you who have a sordid past.
Yes, even you who are home bound.
Can you write out a card?
Can you tweet a message?
Can you pat a back or give a hug?
Can you say, write, or type, “I love you” or “You matter”?
Can you be a blessing to someone else by letting them serve you?
Can you teach others how to have patience, how to laugh, how to notice the important things in life?
Can you pray?
Can you express love?

You can still have an impact on others because

  1. You are still on earth
  2. God creates everyone with a purpose and a plan

Choose Joy

Two years ago I stumbled on a blog that had a profound effect on my life and how I viewed my circumstances.

The blogger’s name was Sara Frankl and she had a chronic, debilitating, painful disease that was slowly killing her. However, the title of her blog was Choose Joy. Sara, or Gitzen Girl as she was called by her family and close friends, was a young lady confined to her condo for the last years of her life. Yet she had an incredible impact on thousands of others, using technology to reach beyond the four walls of her home. 

Sara was a joyful servant of Christ, the queen of encouragement. She presented her entire life to the Lord as a sacrificial offering. And He used a broken, pain-ridden, home-bound girl in the middle of Iowa to make a mighty difference in the lives of thousands and for His kingdom. 

 If He could use someone like Sara, He can certainly use you. 

 Sara said it best:

 “… if I am still on this earth, it means He has intended for me to do something more. If I didn’t have something more to do, He would reward me by taking me home to Him.” ~Sara Frankl 

Sara received her reward and went home to be with the Lord (and her dad) on September 24, 2011. 

But you are still on this earth. God created you to make a difference. Don’t hide away because you perceive yourself as incapable.

Ask God to reveal your abilities. Find one thing you can do (even if it’s just smile). Use your one thing to make a difference … today!

Find 1 thing you can do to impact others (even if it’s to smile), then use your 1 thing to make a difference…today! Share on X

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).

Reflection: What one thing can you do today to positively impact someone else’s life? Do you know someone who is a joyful servant? What sets them apart?

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By His Grace,



  1. Pam on February 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Beautiful reminder, Julie…

  2. Sharon on February 8, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Hopped over here from Tracy’s “Winsome Wednesday” – so glad I did. What an inspiring and encouraging message. I know of many people who exhibit the joy of servanthood. And I think the one consistent trait they all share is kindness.

    I need to be that way, too. So many people respond to the gentle touch of friendliness.


  3. […] glory in September 2011, but you still need to meet her (I did write a bit about her in this post, You Are Here To Make a Difference). Her name was Sara Frankl, her friends knew her as Gitzen Girl. (I just discovered a book based […]

  4. […] The her I’m speaking of is a young mother of four who is living a life of grace in her dying, her body overrun with cancer. Kara Tippetts (blogging at Mundane Faithfulness) is a woman of amazing faith. I’ve never met Kara, but she is having a great impact on me and countless others, just as did another young lady several years back (read about Sara on her blog here, and my post here, You Are Here to Make a Difference).  […]

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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