How Will You Make A Difference?

“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,

because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:58b

Each weekday, a good, long-time friend sends me an on-line devotional from Max

Lucado. This particular one struck home for me and MMM. Here is Max’s devotional.

"A few years back, three questions came from different people in the span of a month.

Question 1: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have

taken a stand against Hitler?

Question 2: Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have

taken a stand against racism?

Question 3: When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which

1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your


I didn’t mind the first two questions. Those choices were not mine. But the third question

has kept me awake at night. We are given an opportunity to make a big difference during

a difficult time. We are created by a God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our

lives, not just in heaven but here on earth.” (end of Lucado devotional)

When I read this devotion, the third question convicted me that the work we do in Africa

is extremely important, not just for how we live our lives for the Lord, but it allows us

to set an example for our family, children and grandchildren as to how they too should

live their lives. During my military and corporate experience, I have had the opportunity

to be placed in many leadership roles. It has always been my philosophy that I should

lead by example and I should never expect someone to do something I would not do.

Through our work with MMM, we have this unique opportunity to make a difference in

the lives of others and illustrate to our family how they can do the same. We give praise

to our God who has given us the health and ability to make trips to Africa.

Application Question: How will you make a difference in the lives of the people you

encounter today?

Prayer: Gracious God, show us your presence and guidance in our lives today so we will

make a difference to the people we have an opportunity to serve through MMM.


Slade Exley

Volunteer, Mississippi

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