There are many things that can come from our heart. We can try to hide things deep inside, but eventually they work their way out. Bitterness, hurt, unforgiveness, hate…they are difficult to hide.
On the flip side the good things…love, kindness, joy, forgiveness are things that ooze out in a way that cannot be contained.
For those that know you, what would they say flows from your heart?
To be a person of influence Every Day Leaders need to know what is in our heart. We need to know that we must be intentional to deal with the difficult things in life that cause heartache. We also know all too well that left uncared for, these very things can fester and have huge consequences on everything we do.
Reflect. Search. Choose. And know what comes from our heart is what can make a difference in the life of another. Every day leaders know that what is on the inside matters most.
Corrie Ten-Boom, A quiet, everyday person willing to do what she thought was right. She never saw herself as a person of influence – yet she had a huge impact on the lives of many, simply by speaking from her heart. I have been fascinated since High School by the life of this every day leader, who never knew the legacy she would leave.
Corrie Ten-Boom, along with her family, hid Jews from the Nazis during the war and was later captured and ended up in the concentration camps. Despite all she endured, she always took the high road. She loved others, no matter what they had done to her. She forgave. She kept the right attitude, even during the worst of it all. She remained thankful in all things, even in a concentration camp!
She was as simple a leader as you could get. It wasn’t about what she looked like, what she wore or even saying the right words. She understood that life and people are a gift and often that is all we have. It is our choice how we manage that gift that has been given to us. She also knew that she could sit back and do nothing and be safe or she could jump in and do something and make a difference in the life of another.
Corrie Ten-Boom. Simple. Quiet. Obedient. Everyday Leader. Lasting Impact on the Lives of Many.
What about you? Each of us is given a sphere of influence, what are YOU going to do with yours? Are you willing to be all that you can be and make a difference, never knowing what legacy you may leave behind?