Let them see you.
Acts 26:4 “‘The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem.”
Today I am 52 years and 1 day. How this can be I do not know. It has been a long time since we were able to fit candles on my cake. Yesterday I had just a number 5 and a number 2 and sadly it was in that order. Messages poured in from people who said I was still young and in my prime to those who said I was now so old I was senile and virtually every part of my body was now not working like it should. It was a mixed day!
Those messages came from people who have known how I have lived since I was born.
My parents sent me messages. My school friend sent me a message. College friends, work colleagues from different jobs, members from the 2 churches I pastored, close friends who have walked with me for years, leaders from the UK and around the world all sent messages. These people “all know the way I have lived” and for some “ever since I was a child” and in different parts of the world too. They know my beliefs, my values, my priorities, the vision I follow, the challenges I face, the struggles I have. For some they have seen that for many years.
My life is far from perfect. I have failed throughout the years. If I could do life again I know I would do it better. However, being known is worth the vulnerability, drawing people into your life is the essence of it all.
Today I am thankful for the people who have known and know me. I look forward to the years ahead of engaging with the old and new. My encouragement for you today is to continue to engage with people. You may have been hurt but do not pull up your draw bridge. Friends will come and go, families will separate and some severely, but there will always people to journey with.
Let people come close enough to see how you live. It is good for them and it is good for you.