Many years ago I moved to Germany and upon arrival bought an old used Audi to get around in. After a while, the car began to leak oil. I discovered that the car had a major problem that I could not afford to fix. Everywhere I went I left an oil spot on the ground beneath my car that was evidence that I had been there.
What are you leaking?
The truth of the matter is that we are all leaking something that leaves an impression on people, which is the evidence that we were there. For example, you might be leaking humor when you encounter others because you are naturally funny. You will leave an impression on people that makes them feel joyful and at ease. On the other hand, you might be leaking bitterness or cynicism that leaves people feeling tense and uptight. Most people don’t know what they are leaking to others, nor do they have any idea what kind of impressions they are leaving behind. Just like with that old car, it’s important that we check for leaks regularly to see what we’re leaving behind.
What should you be leaking?
Leaders leak vision, encouragement, empowerment, inspiration, and motivation.
Mothers leak love, nurturing care, a gentle hand, and a smile.
Fathers leak acceptance, courage, responsibility, love, solid work ethic, wisdom and direction.
Employees leak faithfulness, trustworthiness, hard work, loyalty, and excellence.
Friends leak support, camaraderie, dependability, and a listening ear.
Husbands leak love, support, strength, safety, respect, affection, and friendship.
Wives leak respect, admiration, companionship, appreciation, and trust.
It is so important that we check our lives to see what we’re leaking to others. We do not have to go through life leaking whatever comes out. We can leave others with impressions that serve them well. In doing so, we are leaving evidence behind that can make a difference in people’s lives.
Three ways to ‘leak’ a positive impression:
1. Be aware of your role in every situation. (Refer to the list above)
2. Focus on the needs of others…in the moment. Check the needs of others before you start leaking all over the place. Are they downcast in need of encouragement; are they angry in need of a gentle answer; are they sad in need of comforting; are they frustrated in need of perspective.
3. Understand that all leaks originate from the heart. What is in you will come out; A tree leaks sap, an orange leaks orange juice, a lemon leaks sour lemon juice. Have the courage to set your heart before the Lord daily and allow Him to show you your leaks. This is what King David did in Psalm 139:23-24 when he said:
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
We don’t have to be ashamed of leaks that leave ugly stains on others, we just need to fix them. The Lord is for you and not against you! He wants to help you and use you to impact the world around you in a positive way.
Keep REACHING FORWARD for God’s best in your life and the evidence of Him will be the stuff that you leave behind everywhere you go.