Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Examine our Sphere: Lessons from a Bubble

Today we continue our sphere of influence conversation....

If we all have a sphere of influence - how do we keep that sphere from imploding?  Our lives are often a delicate balance of responsibility and personal development.  But do we have to handle our spheres with gloves?  How do we strength our spheres so that they can withstand the elements around them? How can we make a difference for those whom we come in contact with so they are positively influenced?  We can take advice from another sphere - Lessons from a bubble.

A bubble is “A Work in Progress” and so is our sphere of influence.  A bubble is an amazing creation of the combination of air wrapped in soap film (soap and water). This soap film is simply made up of two layers of soap around a thin layer of water.  Together these components trap the air inside.  So you could say that a cleaning agent keeps this sphere protected so it can fulfill its purpose.  Like a bubble, we also must protect our sphere of influence.   

Being soaked may not seem like an ideal way to live, but it all depends on what we are soaked with.  Outside forces destroy bubbles.  A bubble’s worst enemy is dryness.  Wind, heat, skin, fabric - pick a thing - if it is dry it will burst your  bubble.  Isn’t it the same for us?  When we are “dried up” we deflate.  Allowing “outside” fears, doubts, and worry into our inner thoughts can implode our sphere of influence.  If being too dry causes us to shrink the opposite effect should cause us to expand.  Exposing ourselves to positive words expands our ability to solve problems, tackle challenges, and help others.  

When we soak in God’s thoughts - in prayer and through His Word, we expand our thinking, our productivity, our vision.  We can expand our sphere of influence by keeping the outside clean and the inside protected.  Dripping with kindness, passion, and love does not make us sappy it lubricates our talents in the right approach in order to influence right choices.  As “A Work in Progress” our personalities do not have to be bubbly, but if we protect our sphere of influence we can give others the lift they need to make a difference.  

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves.  But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us - a sphere which especially includes you.  For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere.”  

(2 Cor. 10:12-15 NKJV)

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