There was a movie back in the 70’s called “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. I remember Richard Dreyfuss was in it, but not much else. It did have to do some with encountering humans. I wouldn’t think that would be movie worthy as I encounter humans on a daily basis. We can’t avoid it and few of us would avoid humans if given the opportunity. It is part of what we live for.
But I don’t think we often think about the result of our encounters. Check out this quote:
Just think about that statement for a moment. I bet most of us can come up with a moment where we were drained by an encounter with someone else. But few of us want to think about the possibility that maybe our interactions with others might cause us to drain them.
How can we give life or speak life during every interaction we have with others? How can we focus on building up instead of tearing down?
Two quotes jump to mind:
‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37 & 38
“It’s not about you.” Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
If we can take the focus off of us and put it on others, we will be on the right track of giving life rather than sucking it out of others. It isn’t easy. We are innately selfish. But it is possible.
Let’s resolve to give life in all our encounters. We won’t change them all immediately, but we can start with our next one.