Around age 45 we begin to wonder if our lives had any meaning at all in this world. Did our kids turn out strong and good? Did we make a difference at work? Not wondering did we make enough money because we can't take that with us when we go. But did we make a difference on this earth.
Some of us want to make a difference through authoring a book. Some through speeches, or acting, or politics try to make their mark. It's a mid-life crisis of sorts that men and women go through that doesn't usually have a definitive answer.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? [Deut. 10:12, 13.] (Micah 6:8 AMP) Here is an answer from Him that is comforting and yet a bit of a challenge. We're to treat people right and fair. No cheating, no taking advantage of, no belittling anyone.
Love kindness and mercy. If only we treated our friends and acquaintances the same as we treat small children. Gentleness and insight into their heart without making them feel small. Then to walk humbly with our God. We have a need to spend time with Him each day as life permits. Adam and Eve got to walk humbly through the garden with Him and it was a privilege we have too if we'll take it.
So, we don't make a difference in this life by doing something famous or by making famous kids. Somehow it's by daily living. By being just, loving and kind and walking with God. This is a curious, paradox of sorts. It's the simple that is significant to God.