You May Never See Your Effect Here

I had a chance to actually sit down yesterday after all the family-to-do things were over, and while doing so I caught about the last half of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV. I don’t believe there are very many movies out there that capture the point that the movie makes – that being, you just never know how much of an effect you may be having on others for the better!

Sometimes it’s easy to get down when it comes to our outlook on life and the effectiveness that we may think we’re having on others as we work within and without of the church. A snail’s pace sometimes sounds like an improvement! Things can feel woefully mundane and monotonous. Our world can feel too small and our grasp on things too weak. And it seems like there are two hills to climb for every one to walk down…you know, the old “up hill both ways” story that all of a sudden feels like non-fiction.

But the truth of the matter is that the light is being seen and the salt is being tasted as long as we’re out there mixing it up and leaving off the basket, bushel and shade. Small things do make big differences, and there are people who love us, care for us, appreciate us, and need us. It may not always feel like it but feelings aren’t the deciding factor – actions are! Yes life will always go on, but on to what is the question.

Also keep in mind that the things that we do may not have an effect on the person we’re directly dealing with as much as it may the next person that they’ll be dealing with. Think of it like dominoes with a positive spin. Domino number three needs domino number one as much they needed domino number two! So just because you don’t see how you’re making a difference doesn’t mean that you’re not.

when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5)

#effectiveness, #encouragement, #faith, #influence

Speak to the world

WordPress now shows country origin of visitors in its statistics reports. That reminds me again that we are speaking to the world.

Today’s visitors came from such diverse places as Serbia, France, Germany, India, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia, besides the places we might expect such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and (can I add my country here?) Brazil.

With that in mind, and off the top of my head, I want to remember to do the following:

  1. Avoid colloquialisms and regionalisms to be better understood by a world audience;
  2. Use simple sentences and short words;
  3. Use illustrations and stories that have broad appeal;
  4. Avoid overuse of italics, bold, caps, and other visual distractions;
  5. Use a Bible version that can be understood by people who speak English as a second language.

Maybe you have a suggestion or two to add to the list.

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#communication, #effectiveness, #outreach

My long term effectiveness depends on my not…

My long-term effectiveness depends on my not being recognized for who I really am.

Eugene Peterson

#effectiveness, #identity, #subersive