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This past spring my oldest, Talon, had the opportunity to be in a video for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints titled Reach Out With Love. We just received information that the video is complete and posted. I’m extremely proud of Talon and his part in the video, I am also in love with the message in the video.
While the video is speaking specifically about inviting people to church I think the lesson in the video goes well beyond that.
I think in any aspect in life, if we want people to believe we’re sincere we must in fact be sincere. I’m sure we’ve all received (and maybe given) a less than sincere invitation, we know how it feels, and usually how obvious it is when sincerity is absent.
We’ve all also (I hope) received a sincere invitation, that invitation could simply be an invitation into a conversation to get to know one another better. I know how it feels, I know how I feel when sincerity is present, when there is genuine interest and in many cases love behind an interaction. I have felt and seen the difference and it’s been on my mind continually since I first saw this video. If we all dropped the *act* and found ways to be sincere in our experiences with others how much better would this world be? I will be working hard to make sure my actions are backed with sincerity and that I am being genuine in my actions and interactions, I would hate for someone to walk away from a conversation with me feeling less than as special as they should. I will be making a genuine effort to reach out with love and sincerity behind my actions.
And major props to Talon (aka Steve Tanner) for a job well done and for being part of a great reminder for your mom!