TITLE: The Connector
By Anthony David
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If you were to view a gathering of people from a helicopter, you would see most of them grouped together in small knots. Some one said that we always converge with ‘People Like Us’ (PLUs). As you hover around in your helicopter, you will find one tall smiling gentleman to be different. He would not be in any of the PLU groups. In fact, he would be going in and out of all the groups in the community.
Smiling and spirited, he would go to each little group and gently step into the talk. “ Of course I know him,…” Ever willing to help, he would volunteer to mentor.
Uncle Prabhakara Rao as everyone calls him, is an expert at “connecting”. Having been around many parts of India and abroad, possessing a phenomenal memory, part of an extensive network of all sorts of people, he is an ideal “connector”. He connects people and places, people and jobs, people and people, people and ministries, and so on.
What makes him such a good connector, I sometimes wonder. There are after all others who are experienced. Others who have been around too. The interest with which he collects and collates information; the personal interest he takes in so doing; the genuine love and care he showers on people, these mark him out as a good connector.
In any conversation, (there is no group in which he enters which is silent!) Uncle takes active part, whatever under the sun is being discussed. How can he do it? He reads widely and keeps himself abreast of news, sports, weather, and a plethora of sundry subjects!
Always well informed, he excels in listening to others. He is ready to give free counsel and help to any one who approaches him. When I approached him, a couple of times, he was ready to be a good sounding board for ideas. When I had to make difficult decisions, his advice was clear, consistent and scripture based.
What is the secret of this connector? I believe it is because he takes time regularly and faithfully to connect to the Supreme Connector Above. Once he is well connected vertically, it is easy for him to keep connecting horizontally.
May be there is someone at your workplace, or at the church or community, who needs to be connected to God. After all, isn’t it the reason for our existence? To connect to God and to help others connect to Him?
Thank you Uncle for teaching us to connect!
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