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You Make the Difference
By Victoria Osteen - Oct 21, 2010
As the old saying goes, "No man is an island unto himself." Life is a group experience. We need people in our lives, and the people in our lives need us. You have unique gifts and talents, and you have the power to inspire the people around you. You are the spice of life created to bring zest and flavor to others just by being yourself!

In our family, I tend to be the one who's always laughing about something and trying to find the humor in everyday life. One time, we were all in the kitchen, and I was making a joke about something that happened. Admittedly, it was a little corny. My teenage son, Jonathan, just rolled his eyes and shook his head, but managed a big smile. (I could tell he wanted to laugh, though.) We all knew the joke was a bust, but Joel immediately piped up, "You know, Jonathan, if it weren't for your mother, it would be pretty boring around this house." I took that as a huge compliment because, of course, no one wants to live in a boring house!

The point is that just by creating a light-hearted atmosphere you can enjoy your relationships more and be more productive when you work together. A good sense of humor and a positive outlook can add so much value to the world around you. The Bible says that you are the salt of the earth. Salt brings out the flavor and makes people thirsty for a higher level of living.

Today, recognize that your unique personality and characteristics are qualities that people need. You can inspire others to greatness and motivate them to be all they were created to be. When you live from the heart and give from the heart, you are able to make an impact that cannot be erased!

…Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out (Ephesians 6:13, MSG)
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