This past week we had Water Wars as a summer youth group finale. Teens lined up to pass wet sponges over their heads, throw water balloons at one another, shoot water guns, spray hoses and even dump 5-gallon buckets of water on one another! They were completely drenched by the end of the night! Not long after, however, they all toweled off and went home where, I surmise, most took showers and put on clean, dry clothes. The wetness of the night had passed and now they were dry once again.

Few things last very long. Ken Sparks, college football’s winningest active coach with 325 victories, said this, “That scoreboard doesn’t last too long ... those trophies and victories, when I take my last breath, they’re gone. When there’s people that are having an eternal impact on other people, when they’re difference-makers, when there are ways that can help them win at life and live a good life, those are the trophies that last.”

We do many things in life that are great to do and even reminisce upon, but the impact we make in people’s lives is what will last. 1 Timothy 4:12 states, “... Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

"Set an example" in the verse literally means "to make an impact."  This isn’t just bumping a piece of steel with your hand, but molding metal into a car or truck frame — the impact on it is obvious and makes a difference. The same is true in our lives. We are to make an impact for the honor of our God by the way we talk and live and care for others and how we think. Just like the patriarchs, prophets and apostles of the Bible; you can make an impact that will last.

The only question now is, “What lasting impact is your life making?”