What emotions do you elicit from your family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances when they think about you? Good feelings? Or bad recollections? Every one of us has a choice to make: to be a blessing to whomever makes it into our circle, or to be a torment to them.
A few years ago, I was preparing to speak in a Women’s Conference on the topic “High heels in high places”. During my study, I happened upon a quote ascribed to Giorgio Armani. It says “Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” It hit me. Many of us struggle to be noticed, we want to be recognised and desire to be celebrated. But being noticed is temporal and passing. Being noticed only opens the door. What keeps you in, is how you are remembered. From then, I have tried to be my best and give my best in all my relationships and dealings.
The excitement of Paul is almost tangible in this passage. He said, Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can’t quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. (Colossians 1:3-4 MSG)
He was happy, he enthusiastically prayed for them because he had heard of their passion for God and their magnanimity towards God’s people. That meant they were doing something right. Their activities we so worthy that they got to be remembered and mentioned. It means that people were grateful because of them. *Questions: How are you being remembered? Henceforth, how would you want to be remembered?*
Becoming colossal is about growing great. It is about increasing influence and impact—making your mark in the hearts and lives of as many as you come across. So, what should you change? What decisions need be made? What can you improve upon? What should be done?
- Meet needs– extend a helping hand and give support;
- Provide encouragement– strengthen the weary and build others up;
- Affirm others– Speak kind words, put smiles on faces and spread joy;
- Be generous– give, let something out of your hand (could be cash, kind or time);
- Right a wrong– It could be your wrongdoing or something
You can add to the list, but don’t remove. By doing these Life is hard enough as it is, don’t make it harder for those around you, and for yourself.