To impress or to be impressive PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 June 2017 13:47

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

NO matter how fine and tricky the distinction between the two, the effort to know the difference and to act accordingly is all worthwhile. Yes, there is a lot of difference when whoever does some public intervention gets to be impressive without intending to impress the people.

There is grace, a certain charisma, that undefinable X-factor involved when one is impressive in whatever performance one may do in public. But when one acts to impress the people, everyone gets to know it also, both the performer and the audience. Everyone gets to know the artificiality involved.

A person who is impressive in public actuations usually does not mind how people react to his performance. He just delivers it from the heart, with unquestionable authenticity. He is not so much concerned with ratings as with being faithful and true to his mission.

He is even willing to be unpopular, if things have to come to that point. He may even be bumbling and awkward in his performance but the authenticity of his actuations simply shows. And that’s what people will always perceive.

Of course, things also depend on the people. If they have good will, then they can see things objectively. If not, no matter how anointed and faithful God’s minister may be in his ministry, he will not be impressive to them. In fact, they will always find fault in him.

This has happened to Christ himself. To those with simple hearts and open minds, those with good will, they immediately were impressed and amazed at Christ’s words. They perceived a certain spirit of authority that they did not see in the leading Jews at that time. But to those with closed minds and complicated hearts, Christ was always an object of suspicion. They saw nothing in him except faults.

But when one is driven in his public interventions by the motive of simply impressing others, he already suffers a big handicap. And this is made worse when he possesses certain talents that can mesmerize people. The audience may applaud him, but for sure any seed sown in these interventions, any message or lesson given, will not take deep roots.

We need to see to it that in our public discourses, we be guided by a clear and pure intention of glorifying God and truly serving the needs of the people. For this, we have to rectify our intention often, since it can easily be swayed away by some ulterior motives.

We need to see to it that these public discourses, irrespective of how mundane the topics and issues involved are, are seen as an encounter with no one else than God himself. They are occasions to have a dialogue with God before it is a mere discourse with the people.

Of course, we have to prepare ourselves adequately in the technical aspects of these discourses. But we should see to it that we do not get swallowed up by the technicalities. Our main focus should be God and our main motive is to glorify him. Everything else that we consider important to us will just follow as a consequence.