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Business consultant was training more than 3000 employees of a mid-western grocery chain to approach their jobs with a goal of creating a memory for their customers. She stated that “this is what will distinguish your store from all others.”

Johnny was a 19-year old bag boy that had down-syndrome. His first response to the consultant’s suggestion was “I’m just a ‘bag boy.'” Nevertheless, he went home and shared what the consultant said with his mother.

They began to ponder the consultant’s words about how he could create a memory for his customers. Johnny had a habit of collecting inspirational thoughts that he would often read. He decided he would begin printing these sayings and place one in each of the bags of his customers.

When customers came through the line he would place the sayings in their bag and say, “I’ve included some of my favorite sayings in your bag in hopes it will encourage you today. Thanks for shopping with us.”

After just a few weeks, an amazing thing began to happen. One day the store manager noticed that all the customers were lined up at only one cashier station when there were other stations open. He began to panic, thinking the other stations were broken. After further investigation he found this was not the case. Actually, customers wanted to come through Johnny’s line in order to get his saying of the day.    

One woman came up to the manager and said, “I used to come to the store only once a week, but now I come everyday!” Johnny’s example spread to other departments in the store.

The florist began giving a flower to each florist customer. The meat department put Snoopy stickers on each meat order with a special greeting. This one act by a bag boy changed the entire climate of the store.*

How can you create a memory for someone in your workplace today? Jesus was all about creating memories.

*Ken Blanchard, presentation made at 2004 His Presence in the Workplace conference, San Antonio,TX, 2005

You never know what kind of light you are bringing into someone’s world.

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5: 14-16, NIV)

 

Shine wherever you are…not matter the circumstances! Deb~

From a Little Town~

December 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

shepherds in BethlehemAs I travel, I seem to leave little pieces of my heart – ever connected to the place and the people by what my friend Susan calls heart-ties.  Bethlehem, in some strange way, belongs to me.

Christmas will never be the same after having walked where my Savior was born, lived and died.  The Americanized version of the stable and the little wooden manger won’t stand up to reality.  One of my favorite places is Shepherd’s field.  It’s beautiful and simple and all together holy.

And the Christmas songs!  O Little Town of Bethlehem, O, Holy Night, The First Noel. Love Heart, breathe in Christmas this year.  Be changed by it forever.  Gwen~

  “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”  Micah 5:2

 

 

What’s the Point??

November 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

“Life with out God is like a unsharpened pencil….it has no Point! ”  Deb~

Redeemed

November 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

Redeem: to buy back : repurchase . to get or win back to free from what distresses or harms, to free from captivity by payment of ransom , to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental , to release from blame or debt : clear , to free from the consequences of sin .

“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”(Galatians 3:13,NLT)

Praise God! ~Debra

Washed by the Water!

October 25, 2016 — Leave a comment

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:9, NIV)

We will all face trials and temptations. Some days we will fall short of our goal, question ourselves and our walk with the Lord.   No matter the storm, Christ is a solid foundation! (Matthew 7:24-27,NIV)  We may waver…but HE won’t!

Impurity, fears, unbelief, doubt, anxiety, lust, worries, adultery, pride, drunkenness, selfishness, anger!    

You’re forgiven!  Let the love of Christ wash over you! Deb~

“We we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” (Psalms 65:3, NIV)