The other day I was watching a family TV show entitled “The Middle.” The daughter was graduating from high school. Everything she had worked so hard to achieve in her four years attending high school was going awry. Her efforts were not recognized by the school, no awards awaited her. When she received her yearbook she was excited by the fact that her best picture of the last four years would be in this yearbook. Turning to her picture she saw, to her dismay, that they had put another person’s name under her picture.
After passing around her yearbook she lost track of it. She searched everywhere for it and to her disappointment was unable to locate it. She was totally beat down and discouraged! Finally the day had come for her to graduate. She didn’t want to go, she felt insignificant. The last 4 years she believed she hadn’t accomplished anything. Her parents had to drag her out of the house and into the car.
As she was sitting among her classmates listening to a speech with her chin on the ground, from behind her, the lost yearbook was being circulated among the students until it was passed to her.
She opened the yearbook, relieved and ecstatic to get it back. but when she opened it she was delighted when she saw every page filled encouraging words and autographs from her classmates. Inspiring words from her classmates were flooding back into her heart because she had touched the lives of so many. Some of them were just acquaintances, yet she had made an impact their lives by challenging them with her never-give-up attitude. Always smiling and happy, she had an made a difference on everyone around her.
Awards get dusty on a shelf and become things of the past. True lasting rewards are the investments you make in the lives of others. Feeling insignificant? You may have had more of an influence on others than you think. Have you have given your time, talent or love for the benefit of others? This makes you a beacon of light in a very dark world. Are you known for your smile, and your never-give-up attitude? Lending a helping hand, seeing a need and filling it, listening to others, being a friend- these are character traits that will enrich the lives of others and your life will be richer for it. Be an encouragement to everyone you meet. You will leave an impact on the people around you. You will be known by all for the love and care you give to others.
When my father died in 1999 It was a packed house at his funeral. So many stood and told story after story of how he had impacted their lives. I found out amazing things that my father had done for others, that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever known. He left a lasting legacy. What will your legacy be?
“Remember no man is a failure, who has friends,” Mark Twain
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Anyone remember this song?