Do you remember the Charley Brown character, Pig-Pen???
He's this little guy who brought with him a cloud of dirt and dust everywhere he went.
Back in the day when I worked in the forest service was when I was first referred to as "Pig-Pen". Rightfully so, because I was the one at the end of the day with the dirt swipes across my face (you know when you are hot and sweaty and you wipe your forehead).
Jeez I get dirty doing ANYTHING! I don't mean to, but I tend to be so messy!
Recently I have had this image in my mind again. Only this time I am seeing the swirl of dirt following him along life as more like our persona....our attitude, our cloud, our atmosphere.
We all bring a sense of yourself everywhere we go, whomever we meet along the way is touched (whether it be positively or negatively) with this puff of personality we permeate. It is our very BEING, our CHARACTER, our attitude, atmosphere, disposition, ESSENCE, heart, identity, individuality, influence......
Think about it. Are you exposed to someone who brings a specific PUFF of personality everywhere they go? It can either draw you in or repel you. It can either make you feel good or make you want to cower in the corner. You either see this person coming and feel wonderful or you want to turn the other direction.
Oh, sometimes our "persona" is not THAT extreme. But either way, you are bringing it along with you everywhere you go. You are creating your own atmosphere.
Think about that!
Have you ever heard the phrase, "everywhere I go, there I am"?
Yea, that is what I am talking about.
You cannot escape your own cloud.
So what IS YOUR influence, your atmosphere??
How are you making others feel?
How do you leave people feeling when you have spent time with them?
Are you even aware of how you are behaving?
Lord knows we ALL need help in this department. We all need to be aware of the atmosphere we are creating around us.
We have a short time with each person we encounter (for the most part) so we need to be a positive, happy, joyful, encouraging personality that draws them to the love of Christ.
My prayer today is that I can remember my own little cloud of "dust" as I go about my day that I might bring smiles and encouragement every step of the way!!!
Tell me YOUR thoughts about this little theory of mine.........I would love to hear them!
Have a blessed and beautiful day!!