Bridget Haymond is founder and principal of Truth For Life Coaching and Communications in Charlotte, NC. She is a Certified Leadership Coach through the AACC. By combining her biblical and theological training with her life coach training, she motivates, collaborates and inspires her clients toward intentional, purposeful living. Described as insightful, practical, positive and witty by those whom she influences, Bridget helps those who desire to maximize their unique gifts, talents and abilities, both personally and professionally. You can find Bridget on twitter or read more by clicking on this link for her life coaching blog.
Let Your Life Speak
When I think about the power of our everyday lives, I think about the book of Esther. The book of Esther is unique in that the name of God is not mentioned. And yet it is undeniable that God was at work through the lives of the beautiful orphan Esther and her uncle Mordecai.
Make no mistake about it, Esther was not merely chosen for her physical beauty. There was an inner beauty that reflected God’s character and presence in her life. It radiated through Esther, and king Ahasuerus was captivated by her.
What is so amazing is that Esther and Mordecai were people who simply lived out their faith as part of their everyday lives in very practical ways. They honored their beliefs and values while living in a foreign land that had very different beliefs. Mordecai was praised for his wisdom and ultimately placed second in command to king Ahasuerus. The way Esther and Mordecai lived their lives reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
We’ve probably all seen Christians who in their desire to preach the gospel of the kingdom have been a little over zealous and inadvertently turned people off to the Christian life. And the truth is that people don’t want to be just another jewel in your evangelizing crown. Any insincerity in Esther’s motives would have shown right through. So how can we preach without using words, but letting our lives speak instead? Here are some ideas:
Be kind – never underestimate the power of a smile and a sincere interest in someone else.
Be loving – always remember that it is impossible to represent Jesus without being loving.
Be curious – Jesus was always interested in what other people thought. He regularly asked questions of others.
Be authentic – unlike the pretentious Pharisees, Jesus was always real, and that is why others were drawn to him.
Be understanding – as you learn the story of their life, your understanding will generate more compassion for them.
Letting your life speak is about dispelling the lie of perfect Christians. We all walk with a limp and our willingness to be real about it makes us more approachable. Admit your mistakes and let others see your growth and change. Your humility, sincerity and kindness will be a real magnet for others and give them hope that God really will accept them.