If I had followed in my father’s footsteps I would have become a plumbing contractor, but my dad discouraged it. I eventually understood his reservations, as I was not wired for the job.
My father wisely discerned the dichotomy between the raw realities of his job and my developing aptitudes. It was not unusual for him to forge metal pipes, or to carry a bathtub up a flight of stairs on his back. I, on the other hand, spent my time riding horses, dancing, and writing poetry. I just wanted to be like him.
As an adolescent my desire to be like my dad meant taking on his profession and doing the job that he did each day. I later recognized the things that I most admired about him were character traits.
I observed how he cared for others. As a result people, even strangers quickly adopted him into their families, and they would rely on him for input or help with decisions or problems. People just seemed to feel better when he was around.
Author Maya Angelou wrote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.
It is not the good works that we do for others that matter most in our relationships, though these are both necessary and beneficial; it is our manifest belief in the individual that matters. This is a Godly principle that my dad understood. We are all created to fulfill a matchless destiny. Knowing that someone believes in our ability to fulfill that destiny is compelling.
Jesus was the absolute Master at this! Consider the sensational change in the life of Mary Magdalene … and what about the 12 disciples? Jesus’ investment in their lives was so believable, His confidence in them so empowering, that even after He was physically taken away, they went on to revolutionize the entire world!
Following in His footsteps, the apostle Paul wrote this to the Corinthian church. “I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles”. By caring about and believing in others we validate their personal worth. These are the sentiments that capture people’s hearts.
He learned this from Jesus … as he sought to be just like HIM!
Colossians 3:10 NLT Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Matthew 4:19 NLT Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 11/14/2009 8:40 PM