Terry Paulson

The power of a community has always been important. What drew early believers to Christianity in the first century was what Keith Miller called the “scent of love.” It was the way the community of believers served and lived that pulled people to this little group like a bee to honey. They may not have understood the theology, but they felt the power of faith. Believing in a loving God where serving others serves God makes for a strong centering purpose. There is an added benefit; in serving, you also are served.

So nurture your beliefs beyond attending an Easter or Passover celebration. In a time of budget cutbacks in government services, it’s time for believers to once again respond to their call to serve those in their midst. Let your faith show in your actions and attitude. Instead of focusing on our differences, try developing a personal love affair with the faith that drives you and your passionate calling to serve others.

As a Christian, I relate to what the legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, said in his autobiography, “If I am ever on trial for my faith, I hope there is enough evidence to convict me.” Having a strong purpose and a vibrant faith leaves evidence. Does your purpose show in your actions on and off the job? When it does, one of the byproducts is optimism, hope, peace and a people of God making a difference in serving others.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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