Making A Difference

Today is a great day to make a difference and a positive impact in the lives of those around you!
I used to say that all the time.  I had it on my answering machine greeting, and even had it posted all over my desk.  I didn’t just say it.  I lived it as well.  I was a mentor for young women and teens.  I did outreach ministry at the men and women’s shelters.  I partnered with a teen parenting program, and did empowerment speaking in the county schools for teen parents.  I actually practiced what I preached, or at least I tried to. 
My family dynamics have changed since then, in a good way of course, and unfortunately I don’t have the opportunity to do as much as I used to.  But, I still maintain the desire to positively impact the lives of others around me, and make difference.  I have just found other ways to do it.  Sometimes it may be through a donation, monetary or clothing.  Other times I may volunteer to serve with a non-profit organization in some type of capacity. Either way, I still manage to find some way to help out.  So often people talk about the problems, but do very little to contribute to the solution. 
Although everyday is a great day to give back in some way, the month of October highlights a lot of non-profits as the Combined Federal Campaign, which includes the United Way, begins their annual donation drive.  Yes, this is primarily for Federal employees and federal contractors to donate.  However, the website is accessible to the public.  So if you are having a hard time finding non-profits in your area that fit your interests to volunteer or personally donate to, this would be a good resource.   
In this day and time, there are so many people that could use the loving, helping hand of others who are passionate about leaving a positive impression on the lives that they come in contact with.  So in the words of my Pastor, Dr. Chad Carlton, what will you be most known for, the problems you caused, or the problems you solved?

As always, I thank you so much for stopping by.  Remember… Be Friendly, Show Favor, and Give Love, because today is a Great Day to make a difference and a positive impact in the lives of those around you.