Show Up: The Gift of Presence

“Thank you so much for your kindness and friendship during a sad time in our lives.”

I found these words in a note I received recently from a couple who has definitely experienced great sadness this year.

Now, I would tell you I didn’t do anything special.  I didn’t do anything extraordinary for or with these people.

And that is why I am writing today.

Friends, I have preached it.  I have written about it.  I have experienced it.

God takes our small offerings and multiples them.  It’s the joyous mystery of God’s economy.  The seemingly insignificant is transformed into a great wonder.

A few pieces of fish and some bread feeds a multitude.  A single stone becomes a foundation.  A life surrendered used to demonstrate God’s love.

Time spent with a grieving family is time used by God to share grace and hope and peace.

holding hands

I want to encourage you today to just show up.  Put yourself in a place to be used by God.

  • Come alongside a coworker and hear their story.
  • Reach out to a neighbor with some act of kindness.
  • Be gentle with the store employee.
  • Be generous with the server.
  • Play games with your kids.
  • Go on a date with your spouse.

In all these interactions, be present.  Be in the moment.  Invest in the other.  Sacrifice the agenda, the plans, the schedule.  Take as much time as needed to communicate value and respect and honor to those you interact with.

You might not receive a thank you note, but let me assure you those you embrace with your presence will be thankful.

Life is better together,
Shawn

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