I’m still in holiday mode for another few days. Past few days highlights include starting to build a huge front-yard rink for my kids, hanging out with family and friends, a great morning in worship at the Meeting House earlier today and getting ready for Jordan getting his driver’s license tomorrow!
But I’ve been wrestling with a dominant thought to move me personally into 2008 – something to help me make progress as a Jesus-follower. I’ve boiled it down to one question I think might help me make the most progress.
It sounds so simple, but I think it could help me. Wonder if it can help you. I like the question because I think it will help make me better reflect the character of our good God in every relationship I have and become a better decision maker. I think it could add more grace and yet never make me shy away from the truth. I think it could be huge for me.
Ready for the question?
Here it is: In this situation, how can I be for the person in question?
Yep, it’s pretty simple. But right now in every day life, I think it would help me so much. See, I know God is for me. And I know He is for you. He may need to correct me, change me, prod me, but at every step of the way, He is for me. And personally, if I know someone is for me, the journey feels so much better, and during the journey I can endure just about any kind of correction.
In every conversation, every decision, ever encounter with every person, what If I just asked this question, even if my interaction is going to last seconds or minutes: in this moment, how can I be for this person? Whether I agree with this person, disagree, like or dislike the dude, appreciate or don’t appreciate the individual, in this transaction, how can I be for them? Even if I have to disagree or seek a different course than they want, I can still do that being for them, not against them. I think that could transform me, deeply.
If I really engage that question, I think I could say goodbye to indifference, self-motivated responses, judgment, passive-aggressive behaviours — all the junk. I could, in Christ’s power, be for that person in that moment, just like God is for us and has been for us forever.
I like that question alot, and think it might really help me. What about you?