#PSSeries: What exactly is MAKING IMPACT?

Emory University nursing students volunteer in Kingston, Jamaica, helping patients cared for by the Missionaries of the Poor, a religious order in the city. --- Image by © Karen Kasmauski

Emory University nursing students volunteer in Kingston, Jamaica, helping patients cared for by the Missionaries of the Poor. — Image by © Karen Kasmauski

In today’s #PSSeries, we are considering what Making Impact really means. This resulted from a chat I had with a friend.
The crave to make impact seem to be a natural instinct, but what exactly is impact? When can we say we have made an impact? Is impact measured with a general or personalised scale?
Here is the chat; read our conversation and you’ll see the wisdom here and there.
A: Hi Tolu
Tee Abraham: Hey
A: Please I want to ask you some questions or rather engage you in a conversation
Tee Abraham: Alright. Go ahead
A: Hehe
A: What is impact?
Tee Abraham: Impact in what sense?
A: Impact in making an impact
Tee Abraham: Ok
Tee Abraham: I think it’s making a notable contribution
A: Hmmmm
Tee Abraham: Yes
Tee Abraham: By notable, not in size or magnitude, but effect
A: So it can be little yeah? As long as it’s meeting a need?
Tee Abraham: It may seem insignificant to every other person, even to d person doing it, but to d person to which it’s done, it might mean d whole world
A: Hmmmm =)
Tee Abraham: Yes
A: I like that
Tee Abraham: Funny how big things some people do doesn’t move a feather.
A: Hehe
Tee Abraham: U give a hungry little boy a bicycle…lol…ok he might sell it to buy food
A: Lol
Tee Abraham: I think majorly when what is done is relevant to a need.
A: Okay
Tee Abraham: Have you ever been in a situation where all u needed was just someone to sit down and listen to you, that’s all. The person doesn’t even have to talk or advice, someone dumping a million naira on our feet may not help (except d source of concern was financial).
A: WOW. Yeah, very true.
A: So the person that listens to you has made an impact yeah?
Tee Abraham: Yes, cos that might be equivalent to oda obvious “impact” at another time or situation
A: Lol, yeah
A: The reason why I’m asking all these is that I was talking to someone (we were talking about how the world is changing and there’s really no safe profession, everything seems to be fading away, new inventions and all)
A: Then I was like ‘that’s why I want rapture to take place so we can go to Heaven and forget the worries of these world’=-D
A: Then he was like ‘No, not yet abeg. He doesn’t want Baba God to ask him what impact he made in his lifetime ‘
Tee Abraham: Ohh, I see
A: I was like ‘I don’t think you have to live so long on earth before you make an impact, as you are like this you can make an impact ‘
Tee Abraham: Very true
A: At some point, I myself wasn’t getting confused about the impact thing cos we continued talking about it
A: I started feeling like maybe I haven’t done anything in my life until I’m all grown, making money and helping the society and all.  So I decided to ask someone for clarity and also share with the person so his mentality might probably change.
Tee Abraham: I see
Tee Abraham: Do u know d parable of sheep n goat?
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ The King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Tee Abraham: Dt’s impart
A: Wow =-D
A: Thanks a lot
Tee Abraham: One more thing
Tee Abraham: Heaven will also judge impart based on the grace we have been given.
A: Yeeaaah, I get.  Makes sense
Tee Abraham: A lot of pple want to wait till dey av gathered an empire b4 dey can make impart, where as impart can be made wt very small thns
A: I totally get you =D/
Tee Abraham: Bn nice chatting wt u
A: Same here =-D
A: Thanks a lot Tolu!
Tee Abraham: Uw dear
The only act that qualified the prostitute Rehab to be named in the bible as a hero with a praiseworthy action was hiding the Israelite spies away from the Amorite soldiers on their tail, she herself being an Amorite. That is impact. From this singular act Rahab became an ancestress in the royal line from which Jesus came.
The bible is full of such ordinary everyday acts that caught the attention of heaven and marked by heaven important. From Ruth leaving her people to follow a widow to her land, to followers of that sold all they had, land and houses, bringing all the proceeds to be shared among the poor.

Impact should also be evaluated based on the talent given to us, so as not to feel comfortable with mediocre activities while we may be called to do great things. However, impact comes from small unseemly important activities. But we should not get too comfortable with making small impact if we have the capacity to make greater impact.

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Feel free to contribute via your comments 😀 I’m really looking forward to reading them.

This suggested post will come in handy as well;

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Tolulope Oludapo is a young Christian who lends his voice through the media by sharing practical wisdom for everyday living in the most experiential and simplified fashion. This has fetched him the direct followership of over 30,000 users on his blog, A blog he founded. He loves to write on varying subjects that affect life, faith, relationship...everyday living.
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