Radiators and Drains …

March 2016

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Ten years ago, I worked within the Church of England in Sheffield. I remember the then Bishop saying in a sermon, “There are two types of people in the world, Radiators and Drains … are you a Radiator or a Drain?”

There are people, who we sit next to, spend time with, and they radiate a warmth through their attitudes, words or actions; they encourage us, make us feel good, bring out the best in us.

There are also those, who we sit next to, spend time with, and they drain us; maybe through their negativity, criticism, selfish attitude.

I believe we can all be radiators and drains at different times to different people.

Throughout life we cross paths with many different people, some for a brief moment, others for many years; we will not always naturally get on with everyone, our personalities may clash with others’, different life experiences may highlight how little we have in common with some people; at times, patience and perseverance are required. It is a good thing to have people in our lives who we need to work harder to understand and get on with.

The Bible says, “As far as it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12.18)

I want to be a radiator! I want people to leave after spending time with me feeling refreshed, encouraged, with a spring in their step and a smile on their face.

How can you be a radiator to someone today?

Take a moment to think about the last time someone said something that encouraged you, or the last time you spent time with someone and left feeling, ‘warm’. Why not let that person know what an impact they’ve had on you.

We continue to be blessed at RE:NEW by new people joining us and discovering a place where they are welcome, valued, and can move forward on their journey of faith – some have come as a direct result of reading these articles – if you’re reading this thinking, ‘I’d like to see what RE:NEW is like’, why not, ‘come and see!?”

Alan Brand