Do we show others in our actions, attitudes, facial expressions, tone, and overall demeanor that we are even remotely approachable?
Do we make it look like we want for people to come to us for support, care, concern, guidance, love, or even just a kind gesture?
Or is it more like this?
Unfortunately, too often, I fear too many of us display one or more of the above. I know I am guilty of it – far too often.
We either act like we are too busy to be approached, or we aren’t exactly giving off the vibe that we really care. The sad part is, sometimes it is actually true. We are busy. And we don’t quite care enough. But God can help us to change that. It starts with our hearts.
Jesus didn’t let His busy life get in the way of ministering to the people when He walked amongst us. God is not too busy for us now, either. And believe me, the Lord has far more on His plate than all of the rest of us, past, present, and future, combined. And then some.
As followers of Christ, we are called not only to be approachable, but to go way beyond that: We are to actually reach out! Not just when it’s convenient. Not just when we are in the right mood. Not when we feel up to it, don’t have too much on our plate for the day, or think whoever we might be helping will be receptive and kind. We are to reach out to anyone we possibly can with the love of Christ. Period.
This is a tall order, and believe you me, I know it! I share this with you today, because I struggle sometimes with this. I am a people person, so it may be easier for me than for others, but I find myself still putting certain boundaries up in situations where I really need to reach out – stretching to the tips of my fingers – and instead, I just curl them into tight little fists. I withhold. And that is simply not good.
As we go about living today, let’s think about how approachable we are, friends. I need others to do this with me, because I truly believe God wants unity in this area from His children. Maybe we could even go so far as to make worshipping our Savior and out of that, then loving people our main concern today? If we ask God to remind us, I would bet my life on it that He will help us.
Who knows? We may even just move from being merely “approachable” on a really good day, to actually reaching out without it hurting too much.
God’s light is made to actually shine from within us. Why do we sometimes try so hard to hide them? After all….if the Savior of the world isn’t too busy to love the people, so I am inclined to think that we aren’t really either.
Or are we?
If you have been in hiding lately, won’t you step out with me today? I would love to know that I have some company as we see just how bright those lights can actually get!
Glory to God!
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16, ESV
… time to be apart and time to be a part… in all our comings and goings His will be done.
It’s unfortunate that because so few people make themselves available, when you do make yourself approachable you can be inundated and overwhelmed. It’s a sad sign that we’re not quite in the Kingdom of Heaven just yet!
But having said all that, I completely agree with what you’re saying in this blog post.
You are right about that! I know…it is unfortunate. That’s why we need to do it to a point that it becomes contagious! Hee Hee! We need help! Annie 🙂
I can definitely relate to this. I’m not a people person so God had me marry someone who is. So over the years I have had to overcome my fear of striking up conversations with people I don’t know. Still there are days when I really have to work at this. It never seems to fail that when I’m at my “grouchiest don’t speak to me today” point that an opportunity to witness presents itself. I am compelled to reach out of my little world and touch someone elses because that opportunity may never come again for that person. I have learned that is when God uses me–most likely because then He gets all the glory and not me. Good and relevent post:) Keep up the Lord’s work:)
You know, He will continue to use you. For me….the one who is the people person, I have to work at being pretty discerning to determine if I am still holding anything back – it becomes “too easy”, and then I wonder if I am getting too comfortable and not putting myself out there in new areas. But, in reference to you…I want to encourage you – it’s the folks that are like you describe yourself to be that have spoken to me (the people person) the most. God uses that. Keep being you, but stretching yourself the way that He leads you to do. It does bring Him glory, and He loves YOU as you are! Annie 🙂
Thanx for kind comment:) God Bless
I can so relate to this. It’s like I contradict myself. I have a passion for helping others but it’s often been when I wanted to. I tend to keep to myself so people don’t become too dependent on me and I’ll admit to keep certain people from approaching me. I’ve been working on it though by trying to smile more…that’s been my biggest downfall. Thanks for the post!
Yes, Yes, Yes! It’s funny….what you say about contradicting yourself. I have always been such a “people person” that I didn’t realize I was still sort of hiding behind that – I was being genuine, yet still guarded. Let’s pray together this week about this – “God, please help us to remember that no one was looked to, or still is, for comfort, assurance, or anything else for that matter than YOU. And You, Lord, You never turn us away. Although we are not You, and we are merely limited little human creatures, You live inside of us. We ask You to overflow out to others – give us what we need from You to be approachable, AND reach out. And still get done what You have set before us besides! ” Love and Blessings dear lady….love and blessings. Annie 🙂
Love your message about letting our light shine! GREAT scripture that sums it up : ) Thank you, Annie
Ah, thank you dear lady…keep on shining your beautiful light!!! Annie 🙂