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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~

Do You See What I See?

December 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

I heard a story about a man while waiting on his flight at the airport decided to enjoy an art exhibit provided for passengers to view while waiting.  

He described the art as wonderful but took him all of 20 minutes to view.  As he was leaving he noticed that a woman who had been looking at a particular piece of art when he arrived was still standing staring at the same picture.

How odd, he thought but it made him ask the question.  What does she see that I don’t??

I wonder if people look at me as a believer and ask the same question.  What does she see in Christ that I don’t see?

Do they notice a difference, uniqueness, a peace in knowing that I am a child of God?

Do they see a difference in my attitude when someone cuts me off in traffic, takes MY parking space, or when a screaming child sits next to me while I’m trying to enjoy my lunch?  

Or are they like this man…seeing nothing that catches their interest?  I want to make a difference…how about you? 

“You are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses it saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no long good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  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 it stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:13-16, NIV)

During this Christmas season and into the New Year…Let others see Jesus in You! ~Deb

Tunnel

July 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

Have you ever been in a tunnel that is so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face? 

This is a picture of a cavern that is just that dark until the sun light hits just the right angle and the light illuminates the beauty within.

We all walk in darkness.  The beauty is there but we can’t see it.  Then Jesus shines forth His light and the beauty is visible. (Psalms 4:6, NIV)

If you’ve been walking away from God and living in shadows and darkness, do not despair! “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.” (2 Samuel 22:29, NIV) Christ can shine forth His light and make the beauty visiable for all to see. Deb~

 

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house”

                I was talking with a guy I work with about his love of spelunking.  He told me when you’re in the cave and the guide turns out the lights there is utter darkness.

I thought about the fact that when it is completely dark, that doesn’t mean that anything inside the cave has changed but the elimination of the light – the source that lets you see.  The walls haven’t changed, nor have the paths.  The only thing different is the lack of light.

               That’s the way it is with God.  When you’re in a situation that’s dark and you can’t see God it doesn’t mean He’s not there.  And, He’s definitely not changed!  He is still working on your behalf to give you the best possible life.  He’s still concerned about every detail of your existence.  He’s still the Wonderful Counselor and Mighty God.

The next time you feel like you are in a cave and life seems way too dark, just remember that your ultimate light source is still there.  Gwen~