You must get close to…

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“You can impress people from a distance, but you must get close to influence them”  Rick Warren

I don’t know about you, but this is a good quote for me to keep on my front radar.  Images from a distance can look good, but up close, we see their imperfections.

Relationships can be like that as well. From a distance, everyone’s life seems to be so good, but up close we find their marital tensions, financial stresses, job worries, etc.

And you know what, we all have these “imperfections”.  That’s life. There is always something to concern ourselves with, something that is a source of frustration, some success that we’ve just had, some thing in the near future we just can’t wait for.  That is life.  We have good seasons and we have hard seasons.

I believe I can be the greatest friend to someone and be most influential, when I get close to someone.  When I can be honest with others about my good times, and my hard times, and share lessons learned in both scenarios, I seem to have the biggest influence upon others.

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