When I think of “Influence” or “Success”, what do I see? What do I envision?
I see a stage in front of a large group of people being inspired. I see a book with its millions of copies, changing the world. I see a individual with a face-mic and thousands of followers nodding in agreement. I see a large, regal kingdom. There are fans, there are groupies. I see skinny jeans, relevance, the perfect amount of humor in any story, and applause.
And yet, what is present in my daily life is drastically different. I see kids that need help with homework, being a good friend, understanding wisdom, learning hygiene. I see volunteer opportunities for PTO, classroom help, swim-team help, church-help. I see friends exercising, listening, and studying together. I see a small, welcomging home. There are friends, there are guests. I see sweaty t-shirts, love, the engagement in long-winded stories, and grace.
In my life there is no stage, there are just chairs. There is no audience, there are just hearts conversing. There is not a world-wide event, there are just neighborly gatherings. There is not a kingdom, there is a just relationship. Just love-empowered relationship.
When I think of “influence” or “success”, what should I see? What should I envision?
The influence is not glitz and glamour. The space is not an auditorium. The influence is the daily grind. The space is at a table.
Tables. Kitchen tables, coffee-shop tables, cafeteria tables. Library tables, race sign-up tables, concessions tables. Bible-study tables, bedside-tables, café-tables. Why would I want to trade one stage for all these tables? All these beautiful tables. My influence is not stage-influence, it is table-influence.
So here’s to tables. Here’s to doing life and having influence around all sorts of tables.
Photos taken at GraceFull Community Cafe