Do you keep your radar on for people that are going through tough stuff? Or do you tend to get so busy and occupied with what you’re reading, listening to or watching that you sometimes miss connecting with people…people who you could encourage? Take the lead from Tony Dungy.
“…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense [or explanation] to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)
No matter their appearance, everyone has tough stuff in their life. We’ve all got back-stories. How often do you share your story or ask about the deep and difficult stuff in other people’s lives? Remember that everyone needs encouragement. Hope is in short supply in this world, but God is a limitless source of hope.
Let’s take a tip from Coach Tony Dungy who pulled back from what he was doing on an airplane to take an interest in a young man going through a blitz. Remember that God put us here to discover his love and make it known to other people. A great way to be open to connecting with people is to pray before you go anywhere. “God, give me your radar and your interest in people.”
Ask caring questions, and then get ready to give people the reason for the hope that carries you though life and its blitzes.
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