What compliments do you receive from strangers? A compliment I frequently receive usually has to do with my short haircut, but recently I received the best compliment I’ve had in a long time.
This past August I had just landed from a vacation in Mexico, and I was outside the airport waiting on a bench for my dad to pick me up. An older gentleman who was a Southwest airlines employee exited the sliding doors and came over and said, “Is anyone sitting here?” as he pointed to the empty space next to me.
Now, the Katie of 10 years ago would have inwardly rolled her eyes, because she would’ve wanted to be left alone. The old Katie probably would’ve mumbled an annoyed, “No,” and pulled out a magazine so she wouldn’t have to make small talk.
Even though I was tired from the day of travel and already feeling bluesy because the vacation was over, I chose a different reaction. I smiled and said, “No, have a seat!” Which he jokingly said, “I’m supposed to keep an eye on you!” And I said, “You must be in cahoots with my dad!”
Now I tend to go into “Barbra Walters” mode when I meet a new person, so I learned a lot about this man and his life in the brief time we shared the bench. He told me about his marriage and how Christ has been the foundation of their family which has carried them through difficult times. Of course, I shared too how Christ has strengthened me through my struggles. Also during our conversation, this godly man recommended a book that has been useful for my personal vision.
After chatting about ten minutes, my dad pulled up and as I was getting ready to leave he said, “It was nice to meet you, Katie. You have a great energy about you.” And I said, “YOU have a great energy! I enjoyed talking with you!”
Now that compliment totally made my day- more so than any compliment about my short hair. But you see, what transpired on that bench was an exchange of God’s energy and His love that is within His people.
It’s like what Paul says in Philippians 2:15 (MSG)
Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh of air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.
We both saw a glimpse of the living God in our interaction with each other.
So what does this have to do with YOUR vision?
When you choose to “be a breath of fresh air” you are “providing people with a glimpse of God.” It opens you up for God to connect you to someone or something that will somehow help you with your purpose and vision!
So often we allow the world to corrupt our spirit. When someone pollutes us with sin, we let it fester within, we allow it to corrode our spirit, and then we end up spreading our spiritual pollution to others. The consequences of this spiritual pollution is what keeps us stuck and stagnant in our life and can bring any progress toward our vision to a screeching halt. Most importantly, it interferes with our relationship with God, with others, and with ourselves.
But if we purify our hearts and mind with forgiveness and love for those who sin against us – the same forgiveness and love Jesus gives us, that’s when obstacles and resistance of our vision miraculously melt away.
This week, I challenge you to be the breathe of fresh air to the people God puts in your path. Let your God-energy radiate out and watch for the blessings and miracles that are promised to come. Give a glimpse of God in your interactions with people and you will get a long look at blessings.
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This article was written by Katie Black of Contemporary Christian Worldwide Academy (CCWA). Katie is passionate about helping Christians who are ready to challenge their status quo, teach them how to use their faith to create a personal life vision, develop the critical faith- mindset needed to pursue that vision AND craft their “make my dreams happen” roadmap. Her Live Your Vision™ system integrates biblical principles into an organized and structured process, complete with tools and strategies to help Christians stop settling in life and experience the abundant life God intends for them. To download your Free Vision Creation Kit, go to: www.WeAreCCWA.com.