100 Days Out

What?! Only 100 days left? That is insane! I remember asking Nikki how many days and 198 was her reply. My dad was right when he said as you get older time goes by faster and faster. Well even though I could go on and on about the many things still left to do, buy, and DIY, I wanted to take a different approach to this entry.

I mentioned that time flies by. How often do you lay in bed at night thinking back on the day and not being able to recall the name of the person you met on the elevator at work or realized that because of that tweet, you forgot to tip the barista for your caramel latte? Well, maybe that is a little detailed but stay with me. Those little details have lost their importance. We are so consumed with a two-dimensional world on our screen that we are losing focus of the very real world around us. Since I have been living in Abilene I have been more motivated to be intentional about my time and investment. With family and with that stranger I meet on the elevator. If you haven’t been on a 5-floor elevator ride with someone you don’t know, it makes for a very awkward ride. I realized, Ha, I’m not going to be here but about 3 more months. I will probably never see this person again. I want to make an impact on their lives even if it’s only for a moment. You’ve probably heard this but we may be the only Jesus people ever see. I’m talking genuine Jesus love, not some religious, entitled or judgemental look that they may often receive. With that, I began to ask people how their day is going and offer a small encouragement. For example, “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a busy and stressful day. I’m believing that it’s going to get better from here and that you are going to go home feeling that you accomplished a lot today…Have a blessed evening”. I’m not saying you need to get them saved right then and there, but if the opportunity presents itself, then go for it! I’m saying that in our society it is has become a norm to separate ourselves from each other. That is sad, and I want to be someone that begins to change that, starting with my circle of influence.

You have a different circle of influence than I do but if enough of these circles join in, they will begin to overlap until everyone has the potential to be reached and encouraged. You may never see that person at the gas station again, so what are you waiting for? Who cares if you feel awkward, they will likely be very encouraged by your smile and bright light. People won’t remember you by what you said to them but how you made them feel.

How big is your circle of influence?

Have you overlapped someone else’s circle yet?

Are you being salt and light adding the flavor of Christ to your community?

(Matthew 5:13-16)

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