Make a Difference

Robert Strand

A teacher in New York wanted to honor her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She used a process developed by Helice Bridges, she called each student, one at a time. First, she told them how the student made a difference to her and the class and she presented a blue ribbon: "WHO I AM MAKES A DIFFERENCE." Then she gave each student three ribbons to share this simple acknowledgment ceremony in their town. They were to report back to the class with results in a week.

blueribbonprizeOne student honored a junior executive for helping with future college planning. He gave him three ribbons and said, "honor someone important in your life."

Later that day, this junior executive went to his grouchy boss and told him how deeply he admired him for being a creative genius. This surprised the boss who in turn was asked to acknowledge someone else with the remaining ribbon.

That night, this cranky boss came home to his 14-year-old son and said: "The most incredible thing happened to me today. One of our junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me this blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine! As I was driving home I started thinking about who I should honor with this ribbon and I thought about you. I want to honor you! I just want you to know, besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life! You're great and I love you!"

The startled son began to sob...his whole body shook. He looked up through his tears and said, "I was planning on committing suicide tomorrow, Dad, because I didn't think you loved me. Now I don't need to."

Who in your life should you honor?

"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver!" (Proverbs 25:11)