BEING Christian is simpler than we often make it, but the trouble is, so often life gets in the way; what with juggling all the competing priorities, the energy drain handling conflict, and negotiating the unpredictable.
Sometimes we need to be reminded how simple faith is. Here are three ways we can bless the world in Jesus’ name:
1. LISTEN – the person the world needs most is the person who will listen. Such a person has the emotional space and range for others. One sure way to support others around us is to stop talking so much and start listening, and not simply listen to the words other people say, but to what they’re not saying, including discerning what people would like to say but can’t. When we resolve to listen more we use our brains differently. Instead of listening to answer someone, we listen to ask them clarifying questions, and that curiosity shows genuine interest and concern.
2. TALK – the world also needs people prepared to talk to others, especially the lonely, the disenfranchised, the sick, and the outlier. Another sure way to encourage others within our orbit is to be on the lookout for people who would love for us to talk to them. Some people would be prepared to open up to us if only we would talk to them.
3. GIVE – we might notionally think that this is about generosity of the hip-pocket kind. Sure, the world needs more people willing to give of their financial resources. But what about giving our time, our energy, our smiles, enthusiasm, vision? What happens when we give our talents to people who don’t have the skill we have? People are encouraged. Sometimes we don’t have the time or the energy, but we can still give some way. Ask God to lead you in what you could give.
When we listen we support, when we talk we encourage, when we give we care.
To listen, to talk, and to give are three simple and free ways we bless our world.