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Holley Gerth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, counselor, and life coach. Her newest release is The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You. She's also wife to Mark, Mom to Lovelle, and Nana to Eula and Clem.

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  1. Holley,
    What a wonderful documentary on a man, from my hometown (Pittsburgh), who spread love, acceptance, and worth to millions of young impressionable children like you and me. I remember sitting glued to his show when I was young. There was something in his message that my heart craved – You are special. You matter. You are of great worth. Yes, I have a small blog in comparison to many, but that small blog was the catalyst for starting a Christian school for orphans in a Middle Eastern country notorious for persecuting Christians. We are a small city on a hill and a light that won’t be snuffed out. You never know what God will do if you just say “I’m here, Lord, use me.” And yes, on the days when our souls are bone dry, God fills in the gaps. He notices the difference we’re making and it honors Him. Loved this post – especially in light of the tragedy that just took place in Pittsburgh. Let’s be the good (like Mr. Rogers) that snuffs out the evil. We can make a difference!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • I’m not aware of Mr Rogers being from another country but I 100% agree that God does amazing things if we say those words…I’m ready show me your path and use me in your plan for my life. God is certainly our helper….I was missing or had a $560 deficit in my funding costs for accommodation for my Masters trip and I prayed, my mum and dad prayed for me and I contacted the director of my centre and they are funding me an extra $500!!! God has provided and continues to provide, I am so humbled and grateful for what God is doing in my life. He makes me feel valued and he sees my worth! And most of all he makes me feel loved. Praise God!!!!
      Jas

      • And the incourage sisters prayed too and God answered x Thank you to this community for your prayers Xxx

        • This brought me to tears to read this this morning. Last night I was myself struggling with questions and discouragement. It didn’t seem like I could even begin to make a difference. Then I get this in my email today. AND I have been praying for JAS daily! GOD is faithful! YES! What a great start to my day! When I feel like “I can’t,” GOD says, “I can!”

      • Jas.

        God continues to answer prayers in His timing. He wants us to trust Him for everything. I pray you have a safe, good trip & learn much. So happy for you!

        Blessings 🙂

    • Bev,
      My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been impacted by the tragedy in Pittsburgh.
      I hope that you have a blessed day,
      Penny

  2. I love how Mr. Rogers was real enough even to audibly doubt his impact. That genuineness has to be the secret behind his impact–more than his cardigan and his comfy shoes, we needed his level gaze that let us know he was singing that we didn’t have to be afraid of the bathtub drain because he had felt that fear himself. So . . . this is a huge calling. If we want to make a difference, we have to be real with each other about our fears and or failures–
    By grace.

  3. This is beautiful and I, too, needed these words today. I will send this along to my adult children who grew up watching Mr. Rogers. I’m sure some of God’s first words to Fred Rogers when he arrive in Heaven were “well done good and faithful servant!”

  4. My oldest son loved watching Mr. Rogers. In fact, we were just talking about the show recently. I have not seen the movie, but see the impact of the show in my son. May we all be helpers and walk out our days in kindness.

  5. Dear Holley, Thank you for your words. I am grateful for the reminders. I took my teenage daughter to see the same documentary because Mr. Rogers meant so much to me as a child, for the same reasons as you listed. He was a “friend” who cared, and I could relate to him. As an adult, I learned that he as a Presbyterian minister, which made complete sense to me. My daughter and I (and my husband, and really most everyone I know) also struggle to believe that our small offerings make a difference, that the Lord of the Universe can use us for His glory in this world. Thank you for speaking this Truth.

  6. Self-doubt is a struggle that I know very well! Knowing that our impact and influence on others is immeasurable, does not define our worth, and is lived out by obedience to God’s unique calling on each of us helps to nudge those doubts to the side to continue to live in confidence through Christ. You sure do make a difference! Thanks for this!

  7. Holley,
    Thank-you for sharing your kind, and gentle post, with a tone similar to Mr. Rodgers.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

  8. Ok now I NEED to see this documentary. *wipes away tears*

    Thank you so much, Holley, for these precious words. I’m grateful you are a “Word Girl”, who continually encourages my heart with truth and grace. I am a word girl too, and I just LOVE your analogy of sending out little candles into the world… it does make a difference, even on the days when I feel so little and worn down.

    Such a good read. Thank you, Sister! 🙂

    Becky

  9. Thank you SO much Holley for sharing this truth with us! It is difficult for us to see this ourselves! You are making a huge difference in people’s lives by sharing the truths God makes you aware of!!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!…

  10. Holley,

    There have been many times I wondered if I was making much of a difference. Through time God has shown me that my little efforts of seed sowing have been helpful. This world says do something big, have huge platforms, etc. God says differently. He only asks us to do what we can with the little or much He’s given us. John Wesley said it best: “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” It looks different for each of us. For me I can make cookies for “Feed the Multitude”, cook for in-laws, pray, be a shining beacon at work & help by willingly working full-time some, run errands for hubby & in-laws & just giving hugs to elderly at church. It may not seem like much to this world, but to the individuals it means the world. We can all share a smile, & laugh or two. Let’s all go shine our light brightly & make a difference in our worlds!

    Blessings 🙂

  11. Your daughter sounds like me. 🙂 Thank you for this, Holley. It’s so difficult to believe that there are helperS, plural and that God is the One who put us where we are; we aren’t supposed to be anywhere else. Thank you again. There’s no heart that doesn’t need to hear that.