At the beginning of my senior year I realized that I only had one year left to really impact my school and friends. I began to ask God what I could do to make a difference. After spending lots of time in prayer God revealsed to me a few things that I could do to impact the lives of those around me.
If you want to impact the people around you seek God first. This seems like a very obvious thing, but it's definitely not always easy. Junior year I was on fire for God and ready to make a difference. I had so many plans of what I wanted to do, but didn't get them done because I got distracted. I was distracted by friends, boys, and even school. The last day of school I ran out in excitement, but soon remembered that I hadn't accomplished all of the things God had called me to do that school year.
How do you keep God first in your life? In Genesis, Chapter 17, God tells Abraham, "Walk and live habitually before Me." (AMP) God told Abraham to be habitual in living for Him. You can do this by getting into His word and praying daily. Don't let praying and reading become part of a checklist, but come hungry and expectant.
Being consistent and persistent is also key in making an impact. Recently I watched a documentary titled Undivided. The documentary shows how a church unites with an at-risk high school. When the pastor was asked why they are making such an impact on the school he says, "We weren't the first church that wanted to help, but we are the only church that has stayed to help." It is not enough to witness every now and then, but we need to live consistent lives that are persistently sharing the gospel. You won't see God move if you sit back and do nothing. There are many people who have big dreams, but the people who change the world are the ones willing to do them.
"The same Jesus who turned water into wine, can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and his business is the business of transformation."
Transformation can come to every area of your life, but it starts with you laying down your idols and chasing after God.