How Much Time Do You Have to Make an Impact?

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”
–Les Brown, speaker, author, and U.S. politician

I know quite a number of people—both young and old—who desire to make a positive impact in this world. Before they die or before Jesus returns (whichever comes first!), they want to make a lasting difference in the lives of others. They want to start businesses or non-profit organizations with a high sense of social responsibility. They want to serve at local charities or overseas mission organizations. They want to mentor a younger generation that is coming right after them. They may just want to serve at their local church in meaningful ways. Wanting to make a difference in this world can be a noble goal. But every time I hear someone express a desire like this, I always ask them one simple question: how much time do you have? And that’s because anything worth doing in life will need a good amount of time to make it happen.

One of the ways I try to make a positive impact in this world is by mentoring and coaching a younger generation. I personally believe that so many people will flourish in their spiritual growth and personal development if only somebody would come alongside them and journey with them. In order for me to be able to accomplish that, I know I will need to set aside a good amount of time to make it happen. Each time I meet a person over coffee or food, that’s easily 2-3 hours out of my day. And if I’m meeting several people a week, that will likely consume all of my off hours. But I set aside the time because I firmly believe this is valuable and it’s a meaningful way for me to spend my hours.

Do you want to do something in life that will make an impact in the lives of others? Do you want to start something new? Or join a movement? Or mentor others? Or do something in your community? Well, how much time do you have in your hands to actually be able to do it? If you find that you don’t have a lot of spare time, are there things that you can remove in your life so that you can redeem the time for things that will be more impactful? Remember, anything worth doing in life will need a good amount of time to make it happen.