I was reading this evening in “Building Below the Waterline” by Gordon MacDonald as a part of my prep for the upcoming Uganda trip. In the book, I ran across a quote that I thought others might benefit from knowing. It’s a quote by Charles de Foucald (1858-1916). He was a Catholic priest and used this simple phrase to guide his ministry – “Present to God…present to people.” Though it was a ministry statement – it’s really a statement that applies well to any Christ-follower. Here’s what he meant by the statement. The first and most important thing in our lives is being “present to God”. We have to spend time with Him – that’s priority number one for us! Then, as we move out of those times with God, we live that out among people. We are “present to people”. We are not called to live in seclusion/isolation. We are called to live out the impact of our times with God as we are “present to people”. As one author stated, “Present to People means that I listen carefully, respond generously, and love unconditionally, with the compassion of Jesus – – even when it might be inconvenient and difficult.” It’s a great reminder for all of us as we begin this day – one that I definitely need daily. Let’s begin by being “present to God” and then let’s allow Him to shine through us as we are “present to people”.