I was in a conversation recently when I was asked the following question about someone I know very well.
“Tell me what distinguishes him from so many others”.
A Telling Question
I had never been asked that question about this particular person so I thought about it for a few moments before answering…
- Good communicator? Yes. Distinguishing characteristic? No.
- Good leader? Yes. Distinguishing characteristic? No.
- Engaging Personality? Yes. Distinguishing characteristic? No.
He Has Been with Jesus
After a couple minutes of thinking through some of the potential answers, I blurted out the following. ”The distinguishing characteristic of that man is that when I am around him it is evident that he has been with Jesus. As a matter of fact, I want to be more like Jesus every time I am with this person.”
The Greatest Compliment
I am not sure that there was a greater compliment I could have given him. I am not sure there is a greater compliment that anyone could ever give us.
That said, what is our (yours and mine) distinguishing characteristic? I am not sure what it is right now but I know what I desire for it to be.