It’s more than likely that today wasn’t, in all reality, any different than any other day. Even in our 20’s we can get caught up in the grind of daily life. We wake up, do the same thing we did last week, then we go to bed. Different food, different Netflix show, different Youtube video, and even a slightly different group of friends, but it all remains the same. Daily life is a rut we can allow ourselves to get stuck inside of, and it often takes a great while before we even think to ask ourselves a very important question. What am I doing with my life?
As a whole, millennials have a remarkable desire to make a difference in our world. Personally, there’s nothing I’m scared of more than having a meaningless life. I want to do something important. I want to make an impact. I’ve been in situations before where I was so bogged down with work that I had no time to do anything that I felt had meaning. I slaved my life away at a radio station, but I had no time to do anything of worth. This isn’t just my desire though. I believe it is something that is engrained into our DNA. We were created to make a difference.
If we look to the Bible there is one thing we don’t see. We don’t see a bunch of passive people going through their lives being praised as amazing and courageous. Instead we see very flawed people who committed their lives to a higher calling and this is what God praises. Gideon, David, Esther, Stephen, the Apostles, Barnabas, Lydia, all of these great men and women had one thing in common: they had purpose and their lives were changed by it. These are completely different people who led different lives, some in full time ministry, others working or running businesses. It didn’t matter what they did; they were devoted to bringing God glory.
We can see these people have dramatically different lives than we do, but why is that? They took their call seriously. When God said go, they went. When God said do, they did. They knew that their purpose was, as Isaiah 43:7 says, to give God glory. Like us they were horribly flawed, but God used them anyway. So what’s stopping us from being the next Lydia or the next Martin Luther, the next Elijah or the next Billy Graham?
There were two senior girls from Nashville, Arkansas who felt God’s call on their lives. They knew they were called to more than just an ordinary life so they decided to make an impact. They took a leap of faith and put together an event called "Aftershock" in order to bring the message of Christ to their school. That night around 80 people gave their lives to God and many more decided to take their relationship with Him seriously, all because two regular girls told God, “use me.”
If they can do it, why not us?