Make a last­ing im­pres­sion

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Matthew 5 vs 16

“LET your light so shine be­fore men, that they may see your good works and glo­rify your Father in heaven.”

Have you ever won­dered what kind of an im­pres­sion you make on peo­ple? What do peo­ple see in you and how do they re­ceive you? Do you come across as a peace­ful gen­tle lov­ing soul or do they see mis­for­tune, chaos, lost op­por­tu­nity and anger?

Did you know that what­ever you hold dear is what ex­udes from you? From the very first en­counter peo­ple get a clue and form an opin­ion on what mat­ters to you. Do peo­ple want to meet you again or do they walk away con­fused?

A few peo­ple have had a telling and last­ing im­pres­sion on me, one of them is a per­son of as­tound­ing faith that I met not so long ago. What was in­ter­est­ing is that even with­out say­ing a word I could sense and feel the seren­ity and peace that the in­di­vid­ual has. They had a glow around them that could only come from know­ing and draw­ing from God as the foun­tain of life.

As we con­versed I could tell what his pri­or­i­ties are, every sec­ond sen­tence was an ex­pres­sion of grat­i­tude to the Lord for His mercy and grace. When I com­pli­mented him on how well he looked through his ra­di­at­ing pres­ence, he said it was be­cause of God’s anoint­ing and grace.

It then got me won­der­ing what qual­i­ties the rest of us ex­ude. Do we at­tribute our be­ing and suc­cess to God or are we like Hezekiah where we want to show what we have been given but don’t want to share and give credit to the source. Are our con­ver­sa­tions cen­tred on ma­te­rial things alone? Where does the glory of the Lord and all He does fea­ture in our be­ing?

So the ques­tion is: what im­pres­sion do you give of your­self? What takes cen­tre stage in your life? You can change your per­son­al­ity one day at a time by slowly re­align­ing your re­al­ity to His glory. Why not have mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions in­stead of the shal­low chat­ter that shows van­ity and ma­te­ri­al­ism?

The Bible says “what does it ben­e­fit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?” Are you gain­ing the world at the ex­pense of your soul, is that what the world sees of you? Find the foun­tain of life and be­gin to ex­ude it in both spirit and per­son. The glory of the Lord can be seen in all its full­ness when He takes cen­tre stage in your life. It can clearly be seen not only through the peace that sur­rounds you but through your con­ver­sa­tions as well.

The jour­ney of a thou­sand miles be­gins with one step. Start your own jour­ney of ref­or­ma­tion, where you slowly be­gin to change how you come across to peo­ple. Cen­tre your life on the things that mat­ter and you will be­gin to change your out­look on life.

The Lord is look­ing for am­bas­sadors to His cause, in­di­vid­u­als who will stand out and share His good­ness to oth­ers and through that process be­gin to change lives. Many are called but only a few ac­cept the call. Ac­cept it to­day and be­gin to im­press oth­ers with the good­ness of the Lord and the things of His king­dom.

When peo­ple walk away from you they should feel like they were in the pres­ence of great­ness. That’s the last­ing im­pres­sion they should have of you. Start your jour­ney to­day.

Be blessed

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