We Have One Lifetime to Make a Difference

Blog by Associate Colette Parker

I am always heartened when I find inspiration that motivates me to live my best life.

Thankfully, that inspiration can be found all around us – sometimes we have to look for it, sometimes it shows up unexpectedly.

The latter happened to me a few days ago, when I read a quote from the longest-living president in American history:

“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”

No matter your politics, I think we can agree that former President Jimmy Carter has been an example of an honest man with integrity. During his post-presidency, he has remained active in public life and has consistently demonstrated his convictions, based on honesty and spirituality.

Even in his twilight years, the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, continues to provide lessons about peace, justice, fairness, honesty and integrity, while promoting and expanding human rights.

We can all learn something from his words of wisdom (cultivated by 95 years of living and 73 years of married life).

I, for one, will strive to make my life count for something by doing whatever I can to make a positive difference.

How about you?

Posted in Associate Blog, News

13 responses to “We Have One Lifetime to Make a Difference

  1. As a President and in his post Presidency, his focus was on service, not on power. He is a model of honesty, integrity and character, greatly needed today.

  2. I couldn’t agree with more. This man Jimmy Carter is indeed Christ living and working in our world today. I add his wife Roslyn as another living Christ as well.

  3. One of my inspirations ever since I worked with him with Habitat for Humanity! Thank you for your message and his.

  4. President Carter was one of the 1st presidents I voted for… I admired his Christian values then and now. I once listened to a book about how he help build for poor . thank you for sharing this quote 🙂 I think these are inspirational words to remember. Each moment of each day should be our best !!!

  5. I was blessed to see him a few years ago when he was here in Memphis autographing one of his books. There’s no one else I’d stand in that kind of line to see! He’s am amazing example of cooperating with God’s Grace.

  6. Thanks Colette
    Without fanfare or recognition
    look at how our Sisters have spent a lifetime doing just that – making a difference!

  7. Thank you for your inspiration! President Carter continues to remind me of the goodness in sharing, even in his difficult health times. It is true, that we are inspired always.

  8. Thanks for sharing all of this Colette. Mr. Carter has been a hero of mine for along time, and your reminder of his inspiring words and example is very timely.

  9. Thank you, Colette, this is an important message for all of us to here at these trying times! I love the quote!

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