The Impact You Have

Whether you intentionally do so or not, you impact the lives of those around you.

I was reminded of this one day when my pager went off near the end of my shift. A colleague wanted to update me on her life since her training here at the hospital. As we sat on the window sill in the hallway and conversed about her progress, she stated, “You know, it was you who helped me get to where I am today.” She further explained that it was through my listening and my role-modeling in which she also grasped a passion for chaplaincy.

Even though you each may not always receive this kind of feedback as you operate in your role, you make a difference in those around you. It is through your actions—your smile, your eye contact, your physical presence. It is in the words you speak, such as “I will be caring for you today” or “Let me help you with that.” It is in your attitude—one of compassion, empathy, helpfulness, perseverance.

Let us reflect on those whom we have or may have impacted as we go now before the Lord:

O God, as we reflect on the impact we’ve had with others, we also thank You for how You’ve impacted us. Help us to continue to reflect You and Your ways in all we do. In Your name I pray, Amen.


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