I’ve come to realize that connecting well with people requires good follow through.
How many times have you had a great gift idea for someone but found yourself picking up a gift card on the way to their party instead? Have you ever been on the receiving end of that situation and had the person say something like, “What I really wanted to do for you was _______________ BUT…”
Who are the people who, without fail, remember your birthday and always send a card or call? If others were asked that same question would your name be on their list?
Has anyone ever said, “I’ll call you.” and you knew, in that moment, that the next time you see them the first thing they will say is, “I’m so sorry I didn’t call…” and then share a ‘BUT’ with you?
Have you ever been in a store and seen the specific snack that your friend has often mentioned as their favorite, thought about getting it for them, but didn’t? I’ve done this and then later found myself in a conversation with them when they’ve said something like, “I could so go for some ___________”. In that moment I wish I had followed through on my thought, but instead of being able to bless them all I can say is, “I ALMOST got some for you the other day BUT,…”
Have you ever said to someone who went out of their way to bless you, “You’re so thoughtful”? The truth is, yes, they are thoughtful, but the reason you’re mentioning it is because of their follow through. If ideas only remain as thoughts and we don’t DO anything with them, the connection we desire to have with people will never become a reality.
Galatians 6:9,10 “And let us not grow weary of DOING good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us DO good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Sounds a bit like Nike; “Just Do It”.
Don’t get overwhelmed with “…everyone,” just start with someone.
- Think of one person you have the opportunity to DO good to
- Think of what would bless them; pray and ask God for an idea
- DO it!
5 Ideas to get you started:
1. Borrow their car and fill the tank before you return it 2. Offer to watch their kids so they can go out 3. Write them a hand written note and use good old fashion snail mail to send it 4. Bring them a coffee at work (make sure you know what they like in it) 5. Email them the ‘Top 10 Things About ( Their name)”. (Make sure at least 4 are serious)
We would love to hear your ideas, but even better we would love to hear what you DO with them. Let us know.