From the Alliance Youth blog: A Simple Life by Charlie Waldburger

There are so many things I love about my generation. One of them, is our desire to do big things and change the world. There is an ambition and sense of purpose that is energizing. Never has a generation been so committed to making a difference.

Look at the buzz that TOMS Shoes, and charity:water have created. Want more proof?

In 2010, nearly 20% of Harvard’s graduating class spurned Wall-Street and applied for positions with Teach for America, a non-profit that places bright young teachers in America’s lowest-income communities. These positions are so coveted that Teach For America turns away a higher percentage of applicants than every single Ivy-League college.

While I love the passion, the danger our generation faces is an increasing expectation that anything less than making history is failure.
As a recent movie trailer proclaimed, “History prefers legends to men. Soaring speeches to quiet deeds.” To many of us, if our lives aren’t heroic – the things of blockbuster movies – they hardly count.

You know what is really hard?
Praying for your friend who doesn’t know Jesus day-after-day-after-day.

You know what really makes a difference?
Mowing your elderly neighbor’s lawn week-after-week even though she doesn’t say ‘thanks.’

You know what changes the world?
Throwing the football with the son of a single-mom who works three jobs to pay the bills. (I guarantee you that is the highlight of his week).

Jesus said if you want to be great, be a servant. This isn’t a suggestion. This is an inspired formula to achieve the greatness we aspire to.

Sometimes, this means serving as a high-powered Fortune 500 CEO. Most of the time, it means persevering in the simple, seemingly mundane, tasks of life.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to leave an impression on the world. But you don’t have to invent the next great green-technology or amass a fortune and give it away to make a difference.

You can be simple, basic and great. In fact, it’s probably the grandest thing you’ll ever do.