Think About It: You can make a difference


It is always a real source of encouragement to be around a person who makes a positive difference in your life. These kinds of people have a special way of making your day better and brighter.

One of the easiest ways I know to destroy a relationship with another person is to dwell on the negative side of life. Most of us would agree we hear and see enough of it in this day and time. I realize there is a negative side of life just as there is a positive side however, it does not do any good to dwell on it.

I like the words of Helen Keller and I quote, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.” I have noticed time after time that too much negative when shared with others can have an effect on our harmony with one another.

Abraham said to Lot: “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, for we are brethren” Gen. 13:8. If we will do our best and be obedient to God’s Word we can make a difference in the lives of others. “As much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” Romans 12:18.

When you can make a difference in another person’s life it not only encourages them but it also encourages you.

“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him” — Booker T. Washington.

My wife Myrna and I were in our local post office today. My wife needed some added change to help with the cost of our mailing so I held my hand out and she took the change that she needed.

The postmaster jokingly commented on her taking my change. I told him she has been doing that for the last 52 years of our marriage. He said to me, “You must really like her.” I replied saying, “I don’t like her, I love her.” He said that we had made his day.

A friendly smile, a kind word and other acts and thoughts of kindness can make a difference. Maybe it is the only one that person will receive today.

“The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord maketh his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” Numbers 6:24- 26.


(If you would like to order my new book THINK ABOUT IT please send check or money order in the amount of $12.50 for each book payable to George Hazlett c/o Farm & Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, Ohio 44460.)


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George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio.



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