Elevating others…

“You made me the coolest guy, yesterday” are not words one expects to hear at 7 am, much less 7 am on a work day.  Nevertheless, those words greeted me as I attended small group recently.  Puzzled, the look on my face likely said it all:  “What on earth did I do?”  As I sat down on a pew that looked much more at home in a Baptist church, not the second floor office space of a coffee house owned by a church that meets in theatres every weekend, my friend Pedro recounted the tale for me.

Apparently he was at a group event or bible study recently and he met a gentlemen who was very open about his love for Washington, D.C.  As a born and bred DC native, I’m sure Pedro agreed.  The man commented: “there’s always something happening; you turn around and there is always something new” as a preface to telling Pedro that he saw some guy driving around in a “rocket-pod” yesterday and it had a flag stacking out the back.  I can only imagine that Pedro’s reaction was similar to when Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf learns that Santa is coming to Macy’s:  “You saw the guy in the rocket car?  I know him, I KNOW him!  We’re in a church small group together.”

It reminded me somewhat of the essay on The Inner Ring by C.S. Lewis; Pedro was suddenly on the “inside” of something and it elevated who he was to those on the outside (albeit unintentionally).  Unbeknownst to me, I had elevated someone’s life just because they’re my friend.  I elevated someone’s life just by being me.

How does that work out spiritually?  Do we elevate Jesus just because people know us?  Do others have a positive idea of who Jesus is because they know who we are?

On a relational level, who do you elevate?  Who in your life is thought of better by others because they know you?

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Author, Speaker, and Super Nerd. Aaron Welty speaks and writes regularly connecting the dots of life, faith, and science fiction. Originally from Michigan, he now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

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