Sun, Aug 25, 2013
Life is a series of choices. We make them every waking minute of every day. We choose productivity or we choose laziness. We choose kindness or we choose behaving disrespectfully. We choose action or we choose passivity. We choose keeping our commitments or we choose breaking them. We choose happiness or we choose bitterness. We choose thankfulness or we choose arrogance. And with every choice, we alter the course and the outcome of our life. Because whether we realize it or not, whether we want it or not, people are watching us – and what people see and hear either strengthens or destroys our opportunity and ability to touch and influence other people’s lives. If we destroy our ability to influence other people’s lives, our life is useless. If we strengthen our ability to influence other people’s lives, our life is full of meaning and purpose.
So every minute we get to choose. And no matter the decision, there really are only two choices: light and dark. If we choose dark, people tend to avoid us because we are cold and uninviting, we are a negative influence or pessimistic, we are selfish or unhappy, we are unresponsive or don’t keep our commitments. Choosing dark is like choosing a black hole from which we will never escape because we will never have influence or the ability to bring about change.
But if we choose light, the world will take notice. Not because of things external, but because of the warm glow that radiates from inside us. Because of the joy and peace, hope and faith that fills us up. Because of the love and kindness we extend. Because of our boldness and the obvious favor that is so graciously extended to us in return. By choosing light, we choose to live a life that will lead others to light. Because people want light; people desperately need light. And when people see the light inside of us, they’ll want to know where we got it. And here’s the best part – then we get to share it with them.
Let your light shine.
“Christ didn’t commission us to become authorities so we could tell people how they ought to live. He called us to be influencers by the way we live, so people would want what we have.” – Andy Stanley in Visioneering