16 Jul Presence Is A Present
I’ve been discovering myself in ways that I have never seen. These days I can’t recognize myself in a good way. I was having a discussion with my mentor and we both concluded that one of the things that brings out the best in me, is support. If I can summarize my life, it would be favor…specifically in support. I experienced it in college, post grad, my marriage, and my career. Reflecting on it now, at times I’m in awe. I’ve lived my life having a great array of people in my environment who have supported me no matter the length of our relationship. It’s to the point where I almost feel it’s unfair. What do they say about favor? It ain’t fair.
Let’s talk about this support system of mine…why do I have it? How does one accumulate so much love and support over the years? Simple. Presence. You haven’t lived until you watched someone light up because of your presence. One thing I’ve learned is people are not motivated by what someone has, they’re motivated by how you show up. Your presence could be the ONLY push they need. The currency to supporting people is PRESENCE. And that my friends cost nothing but your time. I hear from people all the time, “I don’t think anyone will show up,” which breaks my heart because it can hinder someone from actually fulfilling what God has called them to do. Imagine what barriers you’ve broken by simply showing up. Imagine the thoughts you’ve silenced in that person’s head because you simply pulled up.
Wherever you are, sit down and ask yourself if you’ve supported anyone this year. Challenge yourself to not just talk about it but be about it. Your presence is a form of serving and someone in return not only sees the value in your presence but the value in themselves. I think of where I am today and how people truly invested in me because I showed up. Your presence is a present.