I can’t remember if it was my pastor or the worship leader yesterday who said “You are charged to be a blessing to those you touch“. That really resonated with me yesterday and is still ringing in my head today. I thought I’d share those words here so y’all can let it sink in as well.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of our words/actions. Especially when to us, the moment seems like a casual encounter. You never know if something you do/say might change someone else’s life for better OR for worse.
If you knew that every word out of your mouth could make a difference in someone else’s life…would you change what you say?
I was a very naive child/teen/young adult and when I think back on some of the things I let persuade and influence me…I’m ashamed. Especially when those influences might have compelled me into actions towards others that were hurtful.
That said, the good AND the bad of yesterday definitely made me into who I am today and for that I’m grateful.
To those I might have hurt, either with my words, my lack of words, my actions or my inactions…I am so sorry. I can’t think of a single moment in my life where my desire was TRULY to hurt or harm. I might have wanted to get a point across sternly…sure. In high school, I might have been just trying to go along with the crowd in an effort to “fit in” (who really fits in in high school?). I might have just been annoyed or having a bad day. But I’ve never wanted another to hurt. Not to truly hurt.
I can think of exactly ONE instance where my goal was to upset another person. I feared for their life and their health and I (to this day) felt the ends justified the means.
I can be short, I can be abrupt and I can be insensitive…but from here on out I am going to try my best (which is only possible for me through God’s Grace) to be a blessing to those I touch. I will fail. Probably more than I will succeed…but I will try.
I am shy, I am a hermit and I am VERY private. These are all things that make it hard for me to reach out to others. However, if I don’t reach out, I can’t bless others. It will be an ongoing struggle for me. In the end though, I think I’ll find it worth it.