Be Your Best You

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

–          1 Corinthians 15:58

 

“It is good to come to the understanding that while God wants us to be holy and Spirit-filled, He does not expect us to look like Abraham or play the harp like David or to have the same spiritual insight given to Paul.

“All of those former heroes of the faith are dead.  You are alive in your generation.  A Bible proverb says that it is better to be a living dog than a dead lion.  You may wish to be Abraham or Isaac or Jacob, but remember that they have been asleep for long centuries, and you are still around!  You can witness for your Lord today.  You can still pray.  You can still give of your substance to help those in need.  You can still encourage the depressed.

“I hope you have not missed something good from God’s hand because you felt you did not measure up to Gideon or Isaiah.  In this your generation, give God all of your attention!  Give Him all of your love!  Give Him all of your devotion and faithful service!  You do not know what holy, happy secret God may want to whisper to your responsive heart.”

–          A. W. Tozer, Jesus, Author of our Faith

 

 

I have a hard time witnessing to the rich and famous, because I am not and I am not.

 

When I talk to some groups, some people get where I am coming from while others do not.  I am sure that what I write resonates with one person one day and not the next.

 

When I taught industrial technical training, I made eye contact, even though, as an introvert that was hard to do.  I wanted to see the spark in their eyes.  If not, I tried to explain whatever it was in a different way.  It was my attempt to “leave no one behind”, before that was a thing.  With my last job in Pittsburgh, I taught all over the place – across the country and in several foreign countries.  When I returned to teach in the South, the part of the USA where I was born.  I slowed my speech, but not a lot.  I quickly returned to the Southern drawl of my youth.  I told stories of growing up in Mississippi and jokes told by Jerry Clower.  When I went to the Great Northwest or the Corn Belt, I tailored some of the illustrations to them and the drawl was less evident.  I quickly picked up on their likes, dislikes, and values.  When I talked about air pressure, I talked about automobile tires in the US, Mexico, and Canada, but I talked of bicycle tires in India and China.  While in India, I learned the rules of cricket.  While working with people from South Africa, we discussed rugby, in detail.

 

Why?  I wanted to connect with the audience.  If they could see me as being more like them, they might take what I had to say and actually apply it.

 

Isn’t that why we witness for Jesus?  We want our listener or our reader to take what we say or write and apply it, even in a small way.

 

Why do my posts bounce from one theme to another?  I have no idea, but I believe that God has a plan.  Someone, somewhere, needs to read these words today.

 

That is what fuels me to keep writing.

 

What are you good at doing?  What economic strata can you relate to or what strata relates to you?  What are your favorite sports?  Which friends are you more comfortable in talking to, and why is that?

 

Whatever you do, whoever you are, be the best you that you can be.  Others are watching.

 

I am a follower of Jesus.  My every breath is a means to tell another story of how Jesus loves me.  And He loves you too.

 

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

 

 

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