Saturday, November 28, 2009

DIFFERENCE MAKER




Oseola McCarty
Our Pastors have been preaching all month about being a GIVER. It made me think about “Being a Difference Maker”.

The word says: That each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. NIV 1Peter 4:10
Each of you has been blessed with one of God's many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. 1 Peter 4:10 (Contemporary English Version)

What is a Difference Maker?
1. Known for their deep commitments.
2. Deeply desires to be a responsible decision maker.
3. Want their lifestyle to match their rhetoric.
4. Someone who treats people with dignity, and respect.
5. Leaves a Legacy.
6. Inspires others to be a Difference Maker.
Difference makers are missed when they aren’t involved. There’s a hole that needs to be filled. Without them there’s often a vacuum of trust and heartfelt service.
One of my favorite Difference Maker is: Oseola McCarty - She makes me know that I can do more and give more.
Oseola McCarty
Born Oseola McCarty, March 7, 1908, in Wayne County, MS; daughter of Lucy McCart.Education: Eureka Elementary, Hattiesburg, MS, sixth grade.Religion: Baptist.
Career:Washed and ironed clothes, 1918-94. Donated $150,000 to the Univ. of Southern Mississippi, 1995.
Life's Work
Oseola McCarty, a quiet, thoughtful woman from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, dropped out of school in the sixth grade to care for her sick aunt and grandmother. From that point on and for the next 78 years, she spent her life doing other people's laundry using only a large pot and a scrub board and never revealing a secret. She never left the home she was raised in, never married and had children, and never learned to drive because she was content with what she had and she was. In July of 1995 McCarty, then 87 years old, rose from obscurity and sparked national attention because her generosity touched the hearts of so many people.
What Are You Doing To Be A Difference Maker?

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