Revelations: What do you think about?
It's true when they say you can feel someone's light.
When someone exudes the love of God, their presence is deafening; peaceful. And it can't be counterfeited. It's truly one of the best of the long list of gifts God mentions in the Bible.
You've probably met a few people who meet his description.
They're all around if you're looking.
They're the ones who when you meet them, you want to hug them, mother them and listen to any wisdom they're willing to share with you, all at once.
They're the ones who when they speak to you, you cock your head to the side and think, "Doesn't anything ever bother you? Why aren't you crazy, like me?"
But I believe these people are gifted in their calm. I believe they are some of God's mightiest children.
While everyone else is busy finger-pointing, holding on to grudges and judging others, these "calm-artists" come along and remind us what God's love is all about. They keep everyone in check.
They meander through crowds and remind us to forgive and forget when we're having a lazy heart day.
(Lazy heart day = grouchy, un-Christian-like, un-loving personality day.)
I know a man in town who perfectly fits this description. He's an elementary school teacher, a lover of Christ, and a man who fights for the kingdom as much as he fights to be a strong husband and father.
When Teacher Man speaks, I often wonder if he's an angel for us all to enjoy.
He's kind, intelligent, and offers thoughtful responses to any question. He's a quiet conversationalist, yet his thoughts and responses are loud and resonating.
I want to be more like him when I grow up.
The other day, we had a conversation and my ears perked up when he told me about a dream he experienced years ago.
In the dream, he had the opportunity to ask God, "What do you think about?"
Teacher Man knew he could ask any question to God. Any question he wanted. But the only thing Teacher Man wanted to know was what God thinks about.
"Why did you want to know what God thinks about?" I asked.
I mean, it's God. He could ask anything. Here was his chance to ask anything.
But his response was ever wise. And one I'll never forget.
"Because if you want to know someone's heart, you ask them what they think about," he said.
Of course, that's what makes God - God. He thinks about everyone else.
He created us all, so he would naturally be consumed by thoughts of what his creation needs and wants.
Teacher Man said the dream changed his life. He knew if he wanted to be more like God, he needed to be thinking about the needs of other people all the time.
But the dream also changed mine. And my hope is that his dream also changes yours.
I, too, want to be someone who thinks about the needs of others all the time.
Maybe when I get better at it, I'll finally adopt a few more Jesus-like personality traits. And maybe, one day, someone will say they can feel my light. Here's hoping.
Jennifer Preyss is a re porter for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach her at 361-580-6535 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jenniferpreyss.