Have you ever wondered the challenges Oprah faced before she became the media mogul she is today? See, Oprah experienced feeling unwanted, poverty, and abuse. But despite that, Oprah knew that her present circumstances were only apart of her story.
When I think about what it means to be a difference maker, I am reminded of a section of Proverbs 24:16 (NLT) that says, "The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again." The difference maker is the point in which you are knocked down but choose to get up again. Can you imagine for a second if Oprah stayed knocked down? Being a difference maker is choosing to 1) pick yourself up, even when situations don't seem like you can AND 2) picking yourself up even when the enemy says you're not able to.
As 2018 nears, I can assure you that you will be faced with things that will test your faith, tenacity, and determination. But being a difference maker is also knowing that you are not defined by your situations but instead, they are used to build your character and sharpen the tools within your toolbox. No one can write the same story like Oprah but what you can do is choose how you want to write your story.
It is my prayer that whatever season you are in, that you don't see it as the final destination. You may be knocked down, but you are not out. Just keep pressing because I know you can do it.
Today, and all days, choose to be that difference marker that God has called you to be.