We hear it and experience it all the time, especially if we are involved with sales, entertainment, part of a team, have a family, or involved in a service based organization. It is the reality that our actions do make a difference. How we perform our jobs, how we relate to others, and how we interact with each other makes a huge difference. Like the time I was at Disneyland and noticed a cast member helping a guest find a certain attraction (Disney calls their employees the ‘cast’ because each employee does create happiness for their guests as they help them, serve them, take a family pictures for them, and simply be courteous to them). A positive or negative experience can truly make a difference in the experience being magical or not.
The same goes for a restaurant. Sure, people make decisions on a place to go out to eat based on the quality and style of food, but at an eatery where we are served, the kind of service makes all the difference in the world. Kristi and I were out running an errand last night and drove by an eating place and we both commented on how the service is so slow there and they do not have very attentive servers. So why go? I know I frequent the Taco Bell by church here in Cypress, and though I have a thing for chicken soft tacos (I could actually eat them every day!) what is nice is that the people recognize me and smile and we have a little conversation. My pleasant experience makes a difference when I am hankering for a chicken soft taco! This past week as was purchasing my meal I noticed one of the ladies that was preparing the food nod to her friend next to her and then in my direction and said “muy guapo”. The person at the counter said to me, “They think you are handsome”! I blushed and said thank you.
We have all had people on teams that have said nice things to us, been super helpful, done a great job that assures the team succeeds, and their actions make a major positive difference to us. As well, when a team member mouths off and says hurtful things, shirks their responsibilities, is being lazy, and thinks only of themselves, their actions have a negative impact on us. You see, our actions as words make a difference.
It’s like in a family or with a group of friends, when we show love and care and appreciation…wow we feel built up, encouraged even energized. However, when we are shunned, degraded, or taken advantage of, we are torn down, discouraged, and deflated. Our deeds and conversations make a difference.
You may be thinking of a way you have been impacted by others actions and words, and maybe even wondering what difference your actions and words have made. Here is one challenge from God’s Word…
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
It’s clear we should make efforts to ‘spur’ or stimulate a change or incite the interactions we have with others to make a positive difference for them to show love and do good things.
The next verse adds to this…
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We should interact with each other with the intent to encourage. One way is given in Galatians 6…
Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
One way we can make a difference is to do some good; maybe help a neighbor with a task, buy someone a small gift, send someone a note of encouragement, maybe just smile, or hold the door, or let someone go ahead of you in line. I bet you can think of even more things.
Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
So make a positive difference today. Who knows, it may make someone’s day magical.
Seeking to make a positive difference with you,