Would you be any different?

Standing in the treetops with harnesses on, getting ready to leap out and grab the next rope, I could hear people’s heartbeats even though they were a couple of feet away.  We were at the U.S. Olympic Whitewater Center climbing the high-ropes courses having just experienced the thrill of whitewater rafting.

The anxiety of doing something for the first time can be a little paralyzing.  But once you’ve made that “leap”, it doesn’t seem so bad.  And it almost makes you want to do it again.

I get to meet a lot of new people every weekend at Southbrook Church.  Most new visitors are very cautious and reserved.  I wonder- “if they could see themselves on camera, would they act differently?  Would they change their posture, act more confident or speak differently?”

Likewise, our greeters (we call them our First Impressions Team) also feel anxious about “being out there” and making people feel welcome and comfortable.   Some of them are just as much out of their comfort zones as the new guests.

If a camera were following you around today, and you knew others would be watching how you went through your day interacting with other people, would you be any different?  

What if you knew that you couldn’t fail?  Would you suddenly realize that holding back the real “you” was kind of… silly.  

You have a lot to offer people this week and you may only have one opportunity to make a positive impact on someone by just being yourself and being confident about it.

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