Influence takes time. Friendships take time. There’s no fast track to either. I’ve been reminded lately, however, that they both come from one simple discipline I often fail to do: Linger.
- Linger means not being the first one to their car when the soccer game is done or church service is over.
- Linger means planning enough time between meetings so you can talk to the Barista or say hi to that couple in the booth next to you.
- Linger means you don’t bury your head in your cell phone in the side of a room waiting for the “official” stuff to start. Linger means you hang out being available, asking God to show you needs, and having conversations.
- Linger means you have no agenda. No hurry and a few minutes to “waste”. Linger feels unproductive, lazy, and sometimes even boring.
Maybe it’s time to Slow Down. Plan some breathing time. Be present and aware. Invite God to show you conversations to have and hugs to give. And LINGER.