The measure of a life is not what that life accomplishes, but rather the impact that life has on others. – Jackie Robinson
Hebrews 13:16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased”
Matthew 10:40 ”Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me”
Do you make others feel noticed and valued through the choice of your words and actions?
I have a friend who literally grab my hands and look into my eyes when she talks to me. She is totally present in our conversations. In those moments, I feel so valued, important and noticed.
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, and you know their mind is in another place? How many times have you felt “unnoticed” when someone was looking right at you? You do not have to be available for everyone in every moment … but when you have someone’s time and attention; honour it with your presence. Make that person the center of your attention and experience, even if only for a few minutes.
When we are fully present with others we show we believe in them and therefore encourage them to believe in themselves. We hand them the key to their own power. We help them stretch their thinking, envision success, and open the door to their true potential.
Our words and actions are contagious. Hope-filled words infect people with energy and enthusiasm. Cynical words unleash energy-sucking negativity, doubt and fear. It sucks the life out of people. Life and work is hard enough and it is easy to get into situations that tear us down. People want and need to be inspired. When people are inspired, they are lifted above all kinds of circumstances and allowed to see what they can achieve or become. No one likes the person who only talks about themselves, their interests, their accomplishments and their importance. Show others you value them by asking them about the exciting things they are doing, creating, trying, and sharing. This is a sure way you will make them feel wanted, important and noticed.
At every moment of the day, we are either making the world a better place or making it worse. We have the power to help lift someone up or to bring them down. How we interact with those we meet may be the catalyst that sets someone into an emotional tailspin or the spark that provides them with encouragement and HOPE for a better day… or maybe even a better life.
I would like to challenge you today to ask God who needs a kind text message asking how they are doing … an email of praise or a pat on the back for encouragement. Or, even better, a call to say, “hi – how are you doing, you were on my mind.”
Tell the people in your life how you feel about them. It may not come natural to you, so all the more reason to do it more often. It will begin to feel natural soon. Everyone wants to hear ‘I so appreciate you’; ‘you matter’; ‘you are valued and appreciated’. The language of mattering is universal; no translation necessary. Tell people and tell them often how much they matter!
In God’s economy, a few seconds of focused kindness can shape a lifetime’s worth of value. You are valuable and precious and you matter. And so does the time you take to care for the people God’s put in your life.
God bless you