|Author of Lead for God’s Sake and friend, Todd Gongwer, posted this the other day. |
Most everything we
do brings with it an opportunity to shine a light!
Every word we speak
Every attitude we display
Every behavior we model
Never underestimate this call on your life!
So…..”Let your light so shine before others, that they see your good works and glorify your father in heaven”
His words took me down two paths. 1) Everything we do matters and will have an impact on those around us and we are responsible as to whether the impact will be positive or negative. 2) Are we willing to take the time to really get to know those who matter most so we can make a difference in each other’s lives?
Both paths ask the question, “Will we live in a selfish manner or be people who want to shine a positive light in our actions and desire to know one another well?” I shared about the beauty of being unselfish in a recent blog post. https://thankfulinallthings.com/the-beauty-of-being-unselfish/ It focuses on the 1st question and easier accomplished matter regarding what we do when given the opportunity to shine a light. I hope you will take the time to go back and read it. This children song certainly conveys the mindset we all should
The second question is more perplexing. Why do we find it so hard to engage folks, especially those closest to us, in more serious conversation? We talked about this in a fellowship group I lead on Friday mornings. I found that it was not just me that struggled in this area. Everyone said they found it easier to have an in depth conversation with those who weren’t friends or family members. Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite? Why wouldn’t we want those who are closest to us to know who we are and what matters to us most? Shouldn’t we find ways and create opportunities for others to share what is important to them?
I have more questions versus answers as to what causes this dilemma but here are some tips from me and others I have asked.
Build the relationship first. Don’t force your thoughts or advice on someone.
Wait until you are asked to weigh in on a particular topic or if you feel you need to initiate it, ask permission first.
Ask Wopen questions in the conversation (What, Whow, Where, When) that can’t be answered with just yes or no.
Communicate your desire to have someone speak into your life as well as you speaking into theirs.
It really is about seeking to understand and having a desire to be understood. As I think about finishing my life well, I want God’s light to shine through me in a way that I will be remembered as someone who truly cares about others and is open to being shown my flaws. That way, I can say,
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on that day” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
I hope in some way this blog will encourage you to ask the Lord to do the same for you. I would welcome your thoughts on this topic. I can be reached by email at [email protected]