Your Presence Matters

Last week I attended a very difficult viewing and funeral. When I was approaching the woman who was mourning, I had no clue what to say or what to do. When I got to her, she looked up at me and smile, stuck out her fist to give me a fist bump and said, “I love you.” Then she gave me a big hug.

In that moment, I realized that my presence matters.

This past weekend, I was meeting with a young leader and he told me that one of the biggest ways I’ve impacted his life was when I had him over for an afternoon just to hang out. We made lunch, watched the World Cup, and went to the pool. He told me that just getting to spend time with me and to see what I am like when I am at home made a huge impact on him.

Once again I was reminded that my presence matters.

As I’ve reflected on those two experiences, I looked back in my own life and realized that the people that made the biggest impact on my life didn’t do it through their words or actions (although that certainly helped as well), they impacted me by showing up and being present in my life.

I want you to know that your presence in people’s lives matters a lot more than you think it does. You may not think that you are making an impact in people’s lives, but you are.

Somebody’s life would be a little bit less than it is right now without your presence in their life. Every time you are present with someone, you are making a difference in their life.

I want to challenge you to continually be present in the lives of others, regardless of how you feel and regardless of whether or not you know what to say or do when you’re with them. Do you want to be a world changer? Then show up in people’s lives! 

  • Be present for people when they are going through a difficult time. It matters.
  • Be present with people when you are with them. It matters.
  • Be present at home with your family. It matters.
  • Be present with your team at work. It matters.

I’m convinced that the people who make the biggest impact in this world are the people who keep showing up and being present with the people in their lives.

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