I’ll never forget my college pastor, Rick Howerton, telling me “Pete, every person you come in contact with will either suck the life out of you or breathe life into you.”
That was some 15 years ago and I now look back and think “How true!” We truly are being energized or drained by every single interaction we have.
John Ortberg wrote in, The Me I Want to Be (which is a fantastic new book)…
“At a level deeper than words, deeper than exchanging information, every interaction with another person is a spiritual exchange. Some people are life-bringers to us. They increase our energy, deepen our hope, add to our joy, and call out the best in us. Other people are life drainers. They add to our anxiety and invite us to cynicism. WE find ourselves becoming defensive, depressed, or exasperated.”
This explains a whole lot doesn’t it?
What’s one thing you can do to make sure you’re energizing and not draining the people around you?