Inspiring Impact

Post by: Catherine Carroll

Jun 20, 2012

I am a firm believer that God, in His perfect intentionality, placed every living thing on earth and in the heavens; every tree, every star, every bug, every change of season for the purpose of teaching us something about Himself.   David praises God in the psalms, acknowledging that nature is God’s masterpiece, an illustration into the very heart of our creator.

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day-to-day pours forth speech, and night-to-night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.(Psalm 19:1-6)

One of the global lessons we find about God and His purpose for us in nature is that whether it is a decomposing rock turning into a diamond, or the flow of lava into the ocean creating land, nature does not exist to impact only itself.

The tree lives to impact life, as it exhales the gift of oxygen.  The eagle soars through the sky carrying not only food for itself, but seeds to drop along the way, giving life to vegetation and food to new geography. Every intricate part of the very masterpiece God created to show us who He is, lives to impact not only on the day at hand, but the landscape of generations to come.

We too are part of God’s masterpiece as we are made in His very image.  Romans 2:10 reminds us, “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  God made us with the intent that we too would impact the world.  This reflection is not to be a temporary casting, a shadow that fades with the setting sun, but an impact that changes the world for many generations to come.

As a certified life coach I often ask my clients the question, “Where do you see yourself in five years, or ten years”? As important as this question is, the better, and very question God has been asking me in my quiet time lately is, “What impact (difference) do you want to make in one hundred years? 

We are not a very legacy oriented culture, as technology promotes the immediate over the sustaining.  I would encourage you to be different, to be as Michele Dudley wrote weeks ago, an extremist when it comes to your intentionality in leaving a legacy of impact.  To live out “Leaving Your Mark” as Lisa Allen defined it in terms of how you were gifted specifically by God to make a very unique and specific generational difference. Lastly, I would challenge you to stop for a moment and look at the world outside your office, home, or car window.  Take a moment to jot down the impact creation has made on your day.  What will that impact look like in a year, in five years, in one hundred years.  Understanding the power you hold to change the world is as simple as watching the sunrise, but my no means any less powerful.