Life Giving

The other night I got home from a long day and just collapsed on the couch. I didn’t realize till that very moment just how exhausted I was.  Taking a deep breath I mentally scrolled through the day trying to discover why I was so tired only to realize I had several interactions with people that had left me completely depleted (don’t worry it wasn’t you).

Have you realized that with every interaction you have with another human being you are either being energized or drained? They’re either depositing life into you or taking something away. I don’t think the goal here is to rid ourselves of high maintenance people, but to become aware of how each interaction impacts us.

It also made me think about each person I come in contact with throughout my day. How am I leaving them?

Am I building them up or tearing them down?

Am I imparting  joy and hope or stress and cynicism?

You know which relationships I think I fail at this the most? The ones closest to me. It’s so easy to be intentional about being life giving with people on the fringe of my life at the expense of those closest to me.

Yesterday I retweeted a pastor friend of mine who offered a marriage tip. He said, “She will be as beautiful as you make her feel.” So simple, true and convicting.

Today I’m seeking to restore God’s wonder in each and every person I’m blessed to have contact with.

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Pete Wilson
Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, WithoutWax.tv. Pete is married and has three sons.