You always have a role to play

Photo by Kenneth Daniel taken at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

You may think that you can live your life however you want it to be, do all the things you want to do, and say all the things you want. But I think it is self-centered to think this way, even childish.

I believe that how you live your life always and will always affect other people.

You may have not known this before, and even find this shocking. But in reality, you are intertwined with other people, like being in a web of connections. No matter how you claim to be a loner and detached from everybody else, you are always a part of a bigger whole.

And just because you can do whatever you want to do, doesn’t mean you should do them. Especially when such actions do not build other people up. Surprisingly, even your inaction affects others too. Because in whatever you do (or do not do), you always have a role to play in somebody’s life.

So why am I suddenly concerned about this?

Because I am a year older today. And I wouldn’t be who I am if not for all the people I have come to meet and know.

To you, whose words and actions helped build me up, thank you very much. You have really helped me become the person who I am now.

A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life,
But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:4 AMP

Truly, all your encouragements breathed life in me. Thank you for all the things you’ve said and done, even if you were unaware of them.

So here’s a fair warning to all of you reading this. You always have a role to play in someone’s life. Make sure you are that kind of influence they will be thankful for.

As the old proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” So be a blessing to your family, your friends, your community, and even your country.

Begin by encouraging people that there is hope, regardless of what situation they are in right now. That there is a future for them. And that hope can be found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I believe you can do that. Go and be a blessing.

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