Discipleship group assignment to answer the above question. My musings...
Every day I relate to my sphere. Every day I influence those around me. But what kind of influence am I? Being intentional about relating to my sphere is opening my eyes to the type of person I can be where God has put me. Each day I have a choice: to grumble and complain or to set my gaze on Jesus and be obedient where He put me even if it’s not exactly where I want to be.
As I did this assignment, I kept a list of the lessons I am learning about relating positively to my sphere:
Choose my battles. I do not always have to be right.
Show love and genuine interest.
It takes a lot of courage to own your mistakes and apologize to someone you snapped at.
Do not judge a stranger. Assumptions are dangerous.
People meet not just me, but also the Spirit of Christ in me.
Be aware of my surroundings and look for encounters God may place in my path.
Respond with joy.
Learn contentment – don’t move mentally before God moves me physically.
Just because I have an opinion doesn’t mean I’m obligated to express it.
Sometimes the most loving thing I can do is to shut my mouth.
PICK MY BATTLES. I DO NOT HAVE TO BE RIGHT.