What Difference Would It Make?

by | Jul 1, 2018 | Love Others

If we smiled more and frowned less and if we laughed more and sighed less, what difference would it make?

If we listened more and spoke less and if we loved more and hated less, what difference would it make?

If we chose to believe the best in others, and if we decided to see them as blessings and not burdens, what difference would it make?

If we spoke kind words more and pointed fingers less, what difference would it make?

If we encouraged others to be all they can be, and if we helped them do so, what difference would it make?

And, if we read the Good Book, believed those words to be true, and lived by them, what difference would it make?

What difference would it make? Encouragement to make the best choice...

Would these make any difference at all?

I believe they would. And, I believe they do.

Each day you and I have a choice to make. We have a choice in how we think, how we talk, how we act, and how we live. We can choose to be kind or not. Happy or not. Encouraging or not. Believe the best or not. Loving or not.

It’s all a choice.

It makes a world of difference when we choose the better option. When we choose what will benefit others and what will glorify our Maker. Even if we don’t feel like it. Even if we woke on the wrong side of the bed. Yes, even when we have “one of those days.” Because we all have them.

Those are the days making a difference matters most.

When we make a difference for others, it not only impacts them and their worlds, but it impacts ours. It can beautifully influence our lives as well. It can transform a hum-drum day into something amazing. Something wonderful. Something memorable.

Every kind word we speak. Every positive thought toward another you and I think. And, yes, every act of love we show impacts more than you and I realize. These are the little things that can change the world we live in. One choice at a time. But, will we choose to do them?

So, friend, what choice can you and I make today?





It’s been awhile since I participated in Five Minute Friday, and yes, I’m late to the #fmfparty. But, it’s a gift to reconnect with these amazing writers and amazing people. So, even though I’m a couple days behind, it’s a joy to take five minutes and let the words fly! This week’s prompt is IF.

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  1. Mishael Austin Witty

    Hi, from your Five-Minute Friday neighbor.

    “Those are the days making a difference matters most.”

    This is so true. I always find that when I’m feeling down in the dumps, if I do something for someone else it makes ME feel better. Kind of a selfish motivation for helping others, so I try not to make that the reason why I help, but it’s ALWAYS an aftereffect.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Mishael! I love meeting new people through FMF! Thanks for coming over! I tried commenting on your post earlier, but I couldn’t figure out a way to do so without creating a new account. Is there a way? Anyway, I appreciated your post! Have a blessed week!

  2. Leigh

    Glad to stop by your blog, Julie. Thanks for sharing your heart and words with us. We can never have too many reminders to choose carefully each and everyday. Blessings to you and yours!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Leigh! Thank you for stopping in. Blessings to you and yours, as well!

  3. Anita Ojeda

    I’ve discovered that on the days I feel the worst, if I make a point to act with kindness towards someone else, my own mood starts to lift.

    • Julie Lefebure

      I’ve discovered this same reality, Anita. Thanks for sharing this… it makes a big difference! If only that would be my focus in every moment.

  4. Cindy

    I agree choosing kindness, tolerance, love, and grace make a huge difference to those around us and to us, too! I think it has helped me since I had an aha moment. I was beating myself up for some blunder and the voice in my head paused and reminded me that I had done the best I could at that time with what I had to offer. It’s often true that even on those bad days all of us are doing the best we can at that moment. So now I try to remember that when reacting to those around me…..even when they may be stepping on my last nerve! I’m far from perfect but I am trying to do the best that I can! Love this Julie and glad to have you back at #fmf!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Yes, doing the best we can in those moments and remembering others are doing their best too also makes a difference. How quickly I can forget that, though! I appreciate your perspective and always love to see you here! It was great to be back at FMF last week. Love this community!


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