Is there someone in your life around whom you actually feel like a better person? This is a wonderful thing. Far from internalizing that feeling and using it to boost your own ego, you are profoundly aware that this feeling is not something you keep for yourself. This feeling elevates and motivates you to give it out from yourself. This is how we are wired – to edify one another. It’s a win win!
“Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 AMP
The oven doesn’t say, “I am great, I am heat, see I made that cake?” The heat, generated by the power supplied to the electrical components of the oven causes a reaction in the ingredients of the cake mix and BAM, there’s cake! Each part has a part in creating something amazing. (And cake is amazing!)
“so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5 NIV
We are created to have a part in each others’ lives. When we are mentally healthy our focus can come off ourselves and we can radiate and redirect that heat toward others. Our source of heat, or motivation, is key to what we contribute to one another. If our source of heat is purely self directed we manipulate and see others as stepping stones or obstacles in our way. We experience frustration, impatience and unmet expectations which lead to resentments. The greatest tragedy is that we devalue others in our effort to inflate ourselves.
”They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised.” Romans 1:15 NIV
The source of heat, which produces compassion and kindness, can change a person’s life, can change your attitude and can change the world. Most ego-directed decisions are based on the false belief that we are the source of our own heat. The true source is the one who made you – who created within you the capacity, through connection to that source, to bring compassion and kindness to others.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV
Either source, internal or external, is infectious and can be spread rapidly. Which pandemic do you wish to live in? I not only desire to stay connected to my true source, but purpose to be that connector around whom others may say they feel like a better person. Now, let’s have some of that cake!