S05E008, Positively or Negatively Charged? Andy B 2 Minute Video
I’m sure you have met some people who build you up. Or those people who do quite the opposite and to all they can to tear you down and squash you.
I’ve worked under both sorts of bosses and the one thing that I still find a little curious is that the types of people who do all they can to make you as low as possible; who go out of their way to make you feel utterly terrible still express such consternation when they don’t get you performing very well.
And, of course we are all products of our surroundings to some extent. When we find ourselves in a supportive situation, we will flourish!
It’s a simple question from me today – are you the sort of person who goes out of their way to build up the people you meet? That may be employees. That may be others on your sports team. That might be the staff sitting on tills in the shops you visit.
Are you going about leaving the beautiful scent of Jesus when you leave the room?
Nobody wants to be put down. So, let’s ensure that whenever we meet people we, as followers of Jesus, go out of our way to think of others.
It isn’t about compromising our beliefs, but thinking of others first.
Just a thought...
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So, another Andy B 2 Minute Video. And I was thinking about positive and negative, and how does that affect who we are, how we are what, what goes on.
As you go through life, are there people that build you up?
There's kind of two ways of being in a job, or in a relationship, or in a sports team and people can either be thinking of themselves, and trying to get themselves pushed ahead, and look at what I'm doing. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, everyone's building together. If you watch a football match, classically, you've got the team players, the people that want to work for the team to do well. And then you've got, usually the strikers, who are like, look at me, I'm gonna score a goal, ignore everyone and do their own thing.
Well in life it's kind of the same. There are, there are people that will, that will build us up. that encourage us,they'll support us, they'll, they'll shout for us, they'll encourage us, they'll give us helpful tips and advice.
And there are people who just want to tear us down, usually to make themselves look better, usually insecurity about their own lives, quite, quite commonly.
Are you a force for good?
Are you the kind of person that looks to build people up, and not yourselves?
Are you the kind of person that goes around and always looking to encourage and lift people up?
Do you stop for the homeless guy on the corner, and have a chat to them? They're just people like you and me! Or do you walk on by?
Are you there to help people to feel better, to improve the world, or improve your own life?
I've touched on the energy crisis in Europ,e and the UK where I live quite frequently. But as we're going into this, it's very easy to get very selfish. 'Well, I'm going to make sure that I've got the money that I need', and 'I'll make sure that I'm okay', and 'Well I might give some money to charity'. But, are we really looking to build humanity up around us? Or are we looking to protect ourselves?
Positive and negative. It's all about how we perceive life, and how other people perceive us.
We've recently joined a radio show and all the DJs are so, so encouraging. I put a post out. We've got a group chat, 'anybody got some top tips?' And, and we've been inundated with really helpful tips, and resources, and ideas, and people trying to get us to do our best. It's amazing. It's a really good, supportive team.
Are you the person in that team that builds others up? Is God asking you to do that more?
Just a thought.
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Written by Andy B