17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I had such a great time chatting with Craig Johnson on this week’s podcast episode. Despite the incredible story of Champion’s Club, and his son Connor’s amazing first words, after being mute for a number of years, the one thing I keep coming back to more than anything was the simple piece of advice he was given that stuck with him.
Leave it better than you found it.
“It” can be anything. It could be a relationship, a work project or even the kitchen in your home. I can’t help but wonder what our country would be like right now if we all just figured out how to leave everything better than we found it. A conversation with a client leaves them better off than before you spoke with them. An interaction with a staff member that leaves them encouraged and inspired to be a better version of themselves.
Jesus talked about this when he was alive and gave us the instruction to love our neighbors, and actually, that came from God via Noah thousands of years earlier. You see loving other people, means leaving them better than when we found them. It means putting their interests ahead of our own sometimes. It means lifting them up and encouraging them, even if there’s no particular reason. It means showering others with an insatiable amount of ‘amazingness’, at every opportunity you get.
I like to call it ‘being amazing’. It’s just another way to frame the concept for today. It’s not always easy. Most of the time it doesn’t come naturally, but if we focus on it a little more, try a little harder to commit a little deeper, I genuinely believe we can all leave our marks on the things we touch, and the people we communicate with. Most importantly, they’ll be better off for it, and we’ll have made someone else’s day.
Until next time, go out there and be amazing!