Monday Musings – December 29, 2014

Dear Friends,
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We hold greater power than we think.  That’s a scary thought because power is not necessarily a good thing.  Power can be used destructively.  We are well aware of that possibility so perhaps we tend to be too timid and cautious.  We commit the sin Jesus spoke of when he said not to hide our light under a basket. But as Christians we all carry the light of Jesus (remember Christmas Eve?) and there is tremendous power in that light.
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I am reminded of this whenever someone is gracious enough to reach out to me in a caring way.  It’s usually something simple and small.  Maybe it seemed insignificant to the one who did the reaching out.  But to me it was huge.  To me it was powerful.
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Each time this happens it prompts me to be more intentional in reaching out to others.  If another’s kindness meant so much to me then surely mine will mean something to that other person.  Perhaps more than I can imagine.
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Leo Buscaglia wrote this:
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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
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As you ponder the new person you want to become in this new year, perhaps God is calling you be less timid in reaching out to others in small but powerful, even life changing ways.
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In Christ,
John