One of Life's Great Questions is, "Will My Life Make A Difference?" It is an important question because it generally reflects an early mile-marker on the road toward a life of meaning, significance, and purpose. Realistically, it is a road filled with character-building potholes and detours for all but the fortunate.
Asking the question is an indicator of getting beyond oneself and thinking about the well-being of others. Here's the beginning of maturity. Age is irrelevant because the desire to make a difference is an attitude of the heart.
Over the years, many a person has told me, "At some point in my life, I figured I needed to make a change in my life. I've discovered that my purpose is to make a difference." While celebrating this important statement, I'll ever so gently press and ask, "Have you considered how you are uniquely called to be a difference maker?" My hope is to move them toward a more specific understanding and depth of seeing their greater contribution in more specific terms.
Of course, the next logical question is, "How will I make a difference?" When it comes to answering the question, I'll offer one simple piece of advice, "Don't should on yourself!"