This morning, on my way to work, I had the sweetest most magical moment.
As you may know, I've been trying to be more intentional with my time, and with that, more intentional with my relationships. I've been challenging myself to reach out to those who I am thinking about, praying about and dwelling about and let them know I am doing so. I'm finding that doing this has brought so much joy to so many hearts, including mine. Simply sending the "I am praying about you today!" text not only provides the words of affirmation to the receiver, but it also brings me comfort knowing that they know they are loved!
So, this morning, I called a colleague of mine, a reputable professional in our community, just to simply tell him that I was sorry our conversation got cut short the last time we connected and that I was grateful to know him.
He initially seemed surprised that I would call just to say this, but then promptly initiated a conversation about a common interest of ours. During this brief but important conversation, he mentioned "kindred spirits" and how he has been praying about someone I love.
It was casual, calm, but so meaningful. This gentleman, whom I profoundly respect and admire, used two phrases that rarely seep out of a professional's vocabulary. KINDRED SPIRIT. And PRAY.
This interaction later got me thinking about how our society so quickly anticipates that to be professional, you mustn't be spiritual. It was profoundly refreshing to have this conversation this morning, and quickly got me considering my own vocabulary I use.
I will strive to no longer filter my feelings through a "professional" mask. If God is filling me with empathy and compassion, I will show it. Say it. Deliver it. Disciple it.
I'm so incredibly thankful for this morning, and this conversation.
So, today, I challenge you to use personal, spiritual and loving vocabulary in your professional life. It might spark change. Good, profound change.