The Ultimate Compliment

One of my greatest goals in life is to make positive impacts in the lives of other people. That is one of the major reasons I have this blog. One thing I have realized over time is that one doesn’t have to work hard to make these impacts. In fact, there are times in my life where I felt like it was almost automatic. Here’s a situation to demonstrate.

I was at the annual Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. This was a time in my life where I had become infatuated with the city of Toronto (it’s still one of my favorites today). I was raised on Long Island, so I never knew much about the city. Then I had gone to college about 3 hours away from there and had several opportunities to visit during my college years I learned about the city and fell in love with it. This was also a very exciting time for me because, since I had left college, I felt God calling me to move from Long Island to Buffalo New York. During this trip which was about three years after graduating, I was staying in Buffalo making final preparations for my move there. And of course one of the things that attracted me to Buffalo was its close proximity to Toronto!

Anyway, I was feeling great as I was in my favorite city with some great friends, and I felt very close to God as He was leading me in this period of my life. Here’s one part that really made it special. At the exhibition, a woman was handing out Christian tracks. She asked if I wanted one. I smiled and said yes. The woman looked at me and said, “you’re already a Christian, aren’t you? I can definitely tell.”

When she said that, I was surprised in a way. I’m not usually one who broadcasts my faith, even though I would consider myself to be a strong Christian. However, I quickly realized why she said that. As mentioned, I felt very close to God during that time of my life. This situation showed me that, during those closes times, He not only brightens my world but shines through me to brighten others as well. For me, it was the ultimate compliment that made my day. In fact, it might have made my year. Through my normal actions and just being me without saying anything, someone could tell I was a Christian.

Through this experience, I learned that I don’t have to work hard at letting God’s light shine through me. In fact, I believe this moment was so special to me because it showed me I can let the light shine through me in a way that is most comfortable for me. I’m not one that you would find handing out tracks or broadcasting my faith as I mentioned earlier. Instead, I prefer to lead by example. I like to work with the quote by St. Francis which says, “preach the gospel. And if necessary, use words.”

Through this experience, I realized that for me, you, or anyone else to make positive impacts on the world, the only real effort it takes is to remain close to God. Keep in close contact with Him, realize He is totally in control of our lives, and allow Him to take that control. Follow the advice in I Thessalonians 5 16-17 which provides a simple 3 step process to be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. People who study the Law of Attraction closely would say to keep your energy vibration at a high level. It’s the same idea. I believe they go hand in hand because the three concepts from that Bible verse are the highest energy vibrations of joy, gratitude, and closeness with God.

I know that all three of the above ideas were part of my being on that beautiful day in Toronto. I was full of joy. I was thankful that God was leading me. And as I mentioned before, I was in prayer with Him on a regular basis. I present these keys to you if you would like to effortlessly bless those around you. Please know that I am not saying it is wrong to proclaim your faith or to be someone that regularly uses words to preach the gospel or to affect people around you. We need you to do that! I am just saying that, if you want that blessing that I received of having someone know instantly that God’s light is shining brightly in you, it is as simple as the 3 steps above. Be joyful in all things. Thank God on a regular basis for what you have, and even for what He is bringing to you. And stay in contact with God on a regular basis and allow Him to lead you in your life. When you do this your life with be blessed in ways you can’t even imagine πŸ™‚

 

7 Responses to The Ultimate Compliment

  1. juliearahm says:

    As the song goes, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love…”
    His light shines through us and others will be able to see our glow, feel the uplifting energy. I understand where you are coming from when you say you’re not one who broadcasts your faith. Your actions speak volumes and people just have a sense, they know, this is a part of your character and who you are.

    This comes in perfect timing as we enter into more darkness of days and soon, the onset of winter. Knowing He is in us. Knowing we walk together in faith. Knowing He is in control and we have nothing to fear, brightens the spirit within us, helping us to shine more each day.

    He knows what is best for me and I am learning the importance of trust. No matter the situation or circumstances, there is so much good to be found, lessons to be learned and to grow as one in Him. As I have learned to see and understand His workings in my life, the more joy I feel and uncertainty subsides.

    Gratitude…Yes! That’s a big one! Giving all glory and praise to Him for things big and small He has brought to my life. I am grateful for He has taught me many things, I’ve learned many valuable lessons, all of which have brought me closer to Him. When I seek, I shall find the treasures and beautiful life which He has created for me.

    I know everything happens in His timing, and patience is something I have been learning. What is meant to be, will be. No need for worry, fear or anxiety for I know the good Lord knows what’s best for me.

    Thank you for your encouraging words for they uplift and inspire! I appreciate the time and thoughtfulness put into your writing. An important message for us all πŸ™‚

    • joedalio says:

      Thank you for your encouraging words as well! I always appreciate you taking the time to comment and adding such excellent insight to the articles. My goal is to always be a beacon of God’s light and love. It doesn’t always happen, but it is far more likely if I follow the guidelines I presented, as well as the ones you mention also. God bless πŸ™‚

  2. Enjoyed this very much. Nice when communication occurs at the nonphysical level!

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