Your reputation precedes you

Someone I know, our relationship is more than any “ship”I would ever hope to define and Webster doesn’t even come close.  She’s my “baby mama” or one of them but don’t even try to figure that out, lol.

Well, anywho, my buddy became unemployed; not fired but contract ended and thus began her journey through Whyville.  She was’t sad but I noted a bit of discouragement, particularly after an interview did not go as She had planned.  Having passed through Whyville a few times, I listened and offered her an umbrella that had recently been handed to me.

I was Netflix(ing) and chilling (not in the new age sense, I suppose) and I came across #deathtoselfie.  The title alone, compelled me to push select and thus the handing of the umbrella commenced.

I watched #deathtoselfie onNetflix but did anything but chill.  I so enjoyed this sermon because for the first time, I had an answer to a question that I’d long posed aloud to Abba…what did it mean when biblical scholars wrote and God said “I AM the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.” Well, Pastor Furtick surely was a light unto my path this day because I had such an A-HAAA moment that I chuckle now,  Pastor Furtick broke it down and as I interpreted it, when God was using this to get people to see ALL the sides of him and the way he can do and will do things and the types of people he covers based on the characteristics and actions of these 3 men.  When I emerged from my prayer closet, after having watched and listening to Pastor Furtick, I realized that not only is he the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he is the God of me.  Now, I’m not too clear on Isaac but I get Abraham and thanks to Pastor Furtick, I got Jacob.

I thought about my friend and myself and our respective situations and was so excited for myself when I realized and received the message from Pastor Furtick.  Now, I’d always known that God doesn’t specialize in perfect people but there was/is something about this explanation that resonated with me.  The God of Jacob…the God of liars, cheats, thieves.  The God of the disappointed, lost, etc. you get the drift and when I got it, I felt the umbrella (covering) open up.  See, if you want to know how good something is, it’s all about word of mouth.  You have to get the right person (marketing) to make yourself known to the masses.

I’m still excited about this new discovery and sent my friend a text to let her know that not just God, but the God of Jacob was and is with her.  I have several names I call her but she knows who she is, you, may call her Jacob.

Love you TeeHee!!

What ails ya!!

 

 

Places Everyone

I was watching a PBS special and there was author Richard Leider speaking on “The Power of Purpose.”  In his presentation, he discussed the 4 roles he felt each person should have filled in their lives… a committed listener, a catalyst, a wise elder (at least 10 years older), and a wise younger (at least 10 years younger).

Most of us probably have at least one of the 4 roles filled and probably fill one or two roles in the lives of someone else.  The part of it that struck me was the committed listener.  Now in this media driven age, getting anyone to be a committed listener has become something of a glittered unicorn.  I myself, at times become so disconnected that I’ve taken to requesting people notify me if I should pay attention.  Not that I’m not paying attention but obviously, I’m not being a committed listener.

It’s not that what the person is saying isn’t important to me, not at all.  The content of their discussion and they themselves are important, but we (I) are often inundated with so much information that it becomes quite difficult to determine what and when to sift.  This self-inventory made me reflect on a conversation that I recently had with a friend.  As you know, I’m funny about titles – which is why I had and still have such a hard time with FB’s “friends” label – but she is a friend and I realized, she had become a committed listener for me and I didn’t have to tell her pay attention.

It’s not often that I have to request people to tell me if I need to pay attention, only when I find they’ve been talking for an extended period of time or I find myself distracted.  I believe in giving people my attention, particularly if they wish to discuss something that they have deemed important.  It is important and they are important, so as with all ships, it takes a crew to make it operate efficiently.  I met one of my wise elder’s during my undergrad years.  She worked in Financial Aid (some of us have plenty of stories to tell from that office!) and to this day, she continues to help guide me.  Initially, I didn’t particularly care for my wise younger, but now, I cannot imagine life without him.  Catalyst is a bit tricky because I’m so picky.  I tend to fill that role myself.  The Committed Listener seemed to be the most important and that role can be difficult to fill as well.  It is said that if you are the smartest person in your circle, you need to expand your circle quick.  Thing is, expansion is difficult when prospects are few.  I know of so many people that I encounter on a daily basis who employ uncommitted distractions as committed listeners.  Like any position, it is important to screen applicants carefully.  True, some people interview incredibly well and sometimes the luxury turns into a lemon.  These are the trials of life but like the melon thump test, if you listen committedly, I’m sure the right candidate will present themselves.

Try it yourself.  Do you have these roles filled in your life?  If no, do you want them filled?  If not, no need advertising if there isn’t a position available.  No need to keep applications on file, that creates clutter.  For those of you who follow my page, like my FB page, and in any other way support my efforts, I deeply thank you for being a committed listener.  As always, there is one committed listener who can and does fill all 4 roles for some of us.  During this Advent Season, I’m particularly glad and thankful for his mother, being the catalyst for my best committed listener.

What ails ya?