Five Minute Friday scribblings

Share: Making an Impact

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By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—SHARE. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!


Last night, I attended a “Happy Birthday/Retirement” party for a friend. We women enjoyed an evening of shared laughter, a little roasting, but mostly tributes to the impact this woman has had on so many lives.

She shares of herself . . . not reservedly. When you meet with her, she’s all there with you, not checking her cell phone or looking at her watch. Engaged. With you. All in the moment.

She’s shared much mommy-ing wisdom with me. As the mother of three grown all-boy boys, she’s walked many roads I’m just embarking upon.

She’s shared of herself, investing in the lives of women, being a life-changer to so many.

As I watched her, as people lauded all she’s done—especially her deep love for Jesus—it challenged me.

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How many times have I withheld myself because of my own issues, or because I didn’t have time, or because . . .

Fear sometimes keeps me from sharing the giftings God’s given me. Fear of rejection or of “not being enough.”

But, God . . .

. . . when we make ourselves available to Him, when we share what He’s given us with others, shaken down, pressed in and flowing over . . .

. . . then His beauty shines forth.

I need not worry about being rejected, or not enough. When I’m pouring out God, splashing His love into the lives of those around me—invested in each moment—I’m reflecting Jesus to them.

Not that I want a party thrown in my honor, but I do hope to one day hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant . . . “

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I want to share all that God’s given me with others, to be an encouragement, an uplifter, a truth-giver.

To share His joy, a compassionate touch, a listening ear and what wisdom God’s given me.

Maybe even have an impact on one life.

What about you? Who has had an impact on your life? How do you share of yourself with others?

Read Kate Motaung’s post about Share.