Because we’re not invisible after all

After the grand entrance of my first blog post back at the end of March, I had great hopes that this time, I would be writing on a regular basis. It came as no surprise to me, however, that due to the vicissitudes of life and a lifetime of honing my skills in the art of procrastination, my second post only makes its appearance now after more than two months. Not that anyone reads this thing, but still…. The longer I waited, the harder it was to get going again.

What to do? I had three choices:

  1. Write a post–just do it.
  2. Procrastinate some more.
  3. Change my theme, ’cause playing around with themes is way more fun than writing.

Number one was just not going to happen. After doing #2 for a while, I proceeded to option #3, whereupon I realized that my former tag line wouldn’t fit in the space without leaving a poor orphan word on the 2nd line. Which looked pathetic.

So I spent some time thinking about what my new tag line should be. Of course, it should be a reflection of what the blog is, but who knows what that will be at this early stage. After a while, I came up with the tag line as it appears above which expresses something I’ve been thinking about.

This might sound weird (or not if you’re an introvert), but I sometimes think of myself as being invisible. Not in the having-a-super-power way. Just in the feeling that somehow I am a little removed from what is going on around me. I have a tendency to blend into the background and observe more than participate. I’m always surprised when someone remembers having met me, because I assume that I have not been noticed, and most of the time, I’m good with that.

But it’s not true. I’m not invisible. No one is invisible. We have an impact on people whether we know it or not. We have the power to dampen someone’s good mood, or conversely, to bring a ray of hope into a needy person’s life. It’s a solemn responsibility.

Thus the tag line.


Last Impressions

Conventional wisdom says that first impressions are important. I’m afraid that I don’t always make a good first impression. What I prefer to think of as my reserved, introverted personality may well come across as cold, unfriendly, or boring.

Oh dear.

I’m friendly–really I am. And I like people–really I do. I just need to work on the warm and fuzzy stuff.

My contention is that last impressions are equally important, not to mention the relationship-building that happens over time. First impressions only last for a little while, but it is in the context of a lifetime of developing relationships that ministry happens.

Think of the last interaction you had with someone. How do you think that person felt after being with you? What was their last impression of you?

Luke 24:50-53 tells the story of Jesus’ ascension to heaven. As he rose into the clouds, the last glimpse the disciples had of Jesus was of him blessing them. Their response to his blessing was worship, joy, expectancy, and praise.

Wouldn’t it be great if the last impression we made on people was that we had been a blessing?