Lent 2016 People who Make a Difference

Friday 26th February

Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe.

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
– J.F. Kennedy

I once read of a man who suddenly came to the realisation
that he had lived most of his life in a selfish and self-centred way.
He had always been proud of his achievements
and the fact that he was a self-made man.
He had started out with nothing and become a millionaire,
and he regularly made it known that he had asked nothing of anybody
and that everything he had was down to his own hard work and skills.
Then one day he met someone who had given him his first break in business,
and he felt ashamed that he had forgotten all about him.
He decided to make a point of going to this person’s home,
thanking him for what he had done
and asking his forgiveness for taking the gift for granted.
After he had done that it was like the scales fell from his eyes
and he began to realise that his success and his wealth
was not all of his own making,
but had been made possible by the contributions
of a great many people over the years.
He decided to make a list of these people and visit each one to say thank you.
Once he started he was amazed at how long the list became
and he ended up taking a year out
to track down as many of these people as he could
visiting them if possible, or at the very least writing to them, to say thank you.
His life changed from that moment on and he began to use his wealth to help others.
He discovered a joy in life he had never had before,
even with his wealth and success.
How big is our list of people that we need to express gratitude to?