Tag: kindness

What Will Be Your Legacy?

Welcome to a new series entitled, Lesson Learned, where I discuss what stood out the most for me from Sunday’s sermon at church. Basically, it will be about the epiphany I got or the light bulb that went off, something that resounded with me at the time and that I think others can benefit from hearing. I hope you enjoy!  

Grace to Serve – Part 1

Last Sunday’s sermon was phenomenal. The title was “Grace to Serve” and it was all about how we were created to do God’s work here on Earth. Towards the end of the sermon, my pastor asked a series of questions, but one stood out more for me than the others. He asked us what type of “con” were we? At first we were puzzled, unsure of what he meant. Then he asked a profound question about how we were living our daily lives, “Are you a CONsumer or a CONtributor?” 

Take a moment to think about it.

Pretty mind blowing isn’t it? 

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I mean if you really stop to think about your life, every aspect of it, you may be proud of yourself in some places and ashamed in others. The “consumer versus contributor” concept is not about money (although it can be). It’s about life in general. When you go about your day-to-day life, are you adding to other people’s lives or just taking what you can get? 

I know, personally, that I really had to consider just how much I am contributing to the world versus how much I am taking. What difference am I really making in the lives of others? How can I be more intentional about putting the needs of others before mine in my home, at my job, my church, and when I am out and about? 

Building a Legacy

My question to you and to myself is: What legacy will you leave behind? Will people remember you with your hand out because you were always begging for more, in your pockets because you kept everything for yourself,  or clenched in someone else’s because you were always lending a helping hand? 

We all matter already; we’re all important. I mean, we were created in God’s image and loved by Him before we were even thought of by our parents. Therefore, our mission in our lives should be to make our lives matter in an even bigger way. I’m not referring to obtaining fortune and fame. I’m talking about doing those things that will matter most to God, that will matter in eternity, those things that will most impact other people’s lives and eventually draw people to Him. Isn’t that what this life is all about?

Whether or not you’re a believer, you should understand that there is no way that we were put on this earth to just look out for ourselves, not when we’re constantly surrounded by so many other people, not when we’re constantly seeking companionship, to feel loved, appreciated, and accepted by others. Our lives were made for so much more than working, gaining material wealth, and dying. We were created to be there for one another.

Your life cannot be just about yourself. While we can work on making ourselves better every day, part of that should be about our working hard at helping other people. How do you feel when someone does something helpful for you, puts your needs before their own, or goes out of their way to make you happy? How do you think it would feel to make someone else feel that same way, not just once, but over and over again?

Moving Forward

I’m challenging not just myself but you as well to try to spend every day being more of a contributor than a consumer. What can you do to be more giving in your own home? How can you help out more at work? What can you do for your neighbor, your friend, that stranger you pass each day? What can you do to make the biggest impact here on Earth?

It can be as easy as being determined to do one good thing for one person each day. Imagine your impact on the world in just one year! 

What legacy are you leaving behind? What difference will you have made to the world around you? Will the world be a little better because you were here?

Will you be remembered for being a CONsumer or a CONtributor? If you don’t like your answer, I dare you to make the necessary changes starting TODAY. 

Peace & Love,

Michelle 

What Happened to the Golden Rule?

I’m sure while growing up all kids were often told to follow the Golden Rule, especially in school. This reminder normally occurred after one child had been mean to another child and had gotten caught. It was basically a reminder to be kind to one another. However, after hearing this over and over again, most children eventually learned to tune the teacher out and thought of the Golden Rule as another annoying school rule that only served to stop them from having fun. Its importance was not grasped by our young minds, becoming something we could all recite, but not something we practiced daily. (I mean, you have been to school, right? Not the nicest place at times.)

That was then…this is now.

But as adults, you would think that we would have this thing mastered. We would understand that we should treat others the way that we would want to be treated. I mean, the “Golden Rule” is not really some made up rule. It’s so much more than that. It is a guiding principal given by Jesus, yes Jesus, as to how we should treat one another. And it makes perfectly good sense. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all treated other people exactly how we wished they would treat us?

Some days I just want to hide in my house and not deal with other people. I get tired of dealing with rude customer service, people swerving in and out of traffic and blowing horns, people pushing past you without saying “Excuse Me.”  My list could go on and on. I’m not asking for everyone to behave like angels, but what happened to common courtesy and simple manners?

But I can’t stay hidden in my house just to avoid some rude folks, and Jesus wouldn’t want me to do that either. How can I be a light for Him, if I am hiding from the very people He wants me to shine His light on?

No, I’m not perfect (in case you thought that I thought I was), and I am writing this even for myself to remember that while I’m out and about and interacting with others, that it would be wise to remember Jesus’ urging that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Unfortunately, we can’t control the actions of others, but we can control what we do and say and how we react to how others treat us. It won’t be easy, but I feel like if more of us tried to show love everywhere we went, to be intentional with it, that we might be surprised by the reactions we get from others. (more…)