Have you considered whether you ever have a transforming impact on others? Perhaps one of the highest callings we can have is to have a transforming impact on another.
Having a heart for others seems to be a prerequisite to having a transforming impact. This is where we are so proud of our Daggett Shuler team. They are able to step out of their daily jobs in order to make a difference. They have a heart for students – I’ve seen it!
Of course, our Safe Sober Prom Night campaign comes to mind. This isn’t just a program against drugs and alcohol, but also an avenue to let us have a positive and influencing impact on teens in our community. Every now and then we see clear evidence that our team has influenced positive change in students.
Many students really don’t need a lot to be influenced. A kind smile or word of encouragement will make their day. For some, an arm around the shoulder with a twinkle in the eye will do the trick. We love being with the students, and they seem to enjoy being with us too.
We also need to help teenagers have a transforming impact on each other. Positive peer pressure in a founding principle of Safe Sober Prom Night. Perhaps peers are the strongest transforming people in our lives . . . it is also a big responsibility.
Interestingly, you just never know when you might be having a transforming impact on someone else. This can take many forms – a single act of kindness, continuous mentoring, or a special gift or calling. We may not ever even know the impact we have had – that’s one reason why we have to just keep on doing it!
When you transform a life you know you have made a lasting difference – it can’t get any better than that!