I was looking for a poem this morning called “The Difference”. I found several good pieces, including what I originally set out looking for.
I think it’s important for people to know what makes a difference in their lives. For me, the difference in my life is made by several things, including:
- My relationship with God
- My husband
- My children
- The rest of my family
- Nature (especially the mountains)
- Watching sports with my hubby
These are the things that really touch my heart. Each holds a special place in my life, they are my loves. They make me who I am. Some of these I would find it very difficult, if not impossible to live without. Some of them I can imagine my life without, but my life certainly wouldn’t be as rich as it is now. They are the difference to me and in me.
Below is the poem I was looking for, followed by a couple other finds that I think are good examples of “The Difference” that I was thinking about this morning.
I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t take time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task,
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me–He said, “But you didn’t seek,”
I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock,
God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.
This is a story I found on YouTube…very touching. It’s made the email rounds many times, but I don’t think the message is ever too old.
One more poem:
The Difference Between Strength and Courage
It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to hide your own pains,
It takes courage to show them.
It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.
What is it that makes you who you are? What is it that touches you? What is “The Difference” in your life?