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October 10, 2018, 9:47 AM

A Little Stuart Smalley

Years ago Al Franken did a character on Saturday Night Live. The character was called, Stuart Smalley, and he was a kind of passive motivational speaker. He was really good at giving affirmation to himself and to others. He would stare in the mirror every day and say to himself, "You're good enough. You're smart enough. And doggone it, people like you." He would help his patients do the same thing. 

While the Smalley character was a little bit annoying we all need this sometimes. We all need a boost. We all need someone cheerleading for us. We need to hear that we're smart enough, that we're good enough, and that people do like us. 

Your life matters and is impacting more people than you can imagine. Satan wants you to believe that you are insignificant. Satan wants you to believe that you should just quit, because you aren't making a difference. Satan wants you to think that this world is already going to hell in a handbasket so we should just give it up. 

Here's what I want to tell you. As the world gets darker the Christians have a bigger impact. When you study church history you find out that the church grew more during times of darkness and persecution than when things were good. The reason for this is that Christians stick out more in the darkness. We are called the light of the world by Jesus in Matthew chapter five. I know you've heard this many times throughout the your life. The significance of this is that your life is a contrast to the world. This light that you give off guides people to Jesus. 

When you are kind to a waitress having a difficult night you point her to Jesus. 

When you do a little extra for a co-worker that you really don't have to do you point them to Jesus. 

When you help an elderly person get their groceries in their vehicle you are pointing them to Jesus. 

What does this mean, point them to Jesus? 

You are showing them there's people that care about them. You are showing them that there are some good people left in the world who care about more than themselves. These actions don't have to be earth-shattering and I would imagine that you are already doing some of these things. Keep it up. 

You will get discouraged. You will want to give up. You will want to throw your hands up and just move on, but don't. 

You are making a difference. You are impacting people positively. Your life does matter. 

I may not be Stuart Smalley, but I want to encourage you to keep fighting the good fight. It's worth it. 

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