Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Deepest Ministry We Have with Others

Linda's footprint, next to mine
Your worth is not the same as your usefulness. Your influence runs deeper than your advice-giving.

The people who have most influenced me were somebody. I think of them - their character, their Christlike attributes, their being. Just knowing them and being with them made a difference. In their presence them, more was caught than was taught. Sometimes I catch myself imitating one of their behaviors.

Dallas Willard, writes Alan Padling, believed that "what God treasures in someone’s life is the person they become more than the work that they do. Dallas reminded us that the deepest ministry we have with others is who we are more than what we say or do." (In Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation, Kindle Locations 2754-2755)