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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~

Let Your Light Shine!

December 13, 2014 — Leave a comment


I have a wide selection of candles through out my home.  The scent and glow create an atmosphere that gives me peace and contentment.

The light that they can create within a room is just amazing and Christmas gives me a great excuse to light them up!

Now, what do you see when you look at a lit candle, just the light?

I see light…some bright, some not so bright.  Wax seeping, wicks shorten by burning, and black residue.  Not so pretty after all…but most are still burning brightly giving off a soft glow.
We are called to shine our light among men!  Sure, we may be tired, wicks burned down and we might even have some black residue, but love heart we can rejoice that we are forgiven.

He has promised,  “Be strong and courageous, Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:16

How is your light shining?

Candle- flicker

Flash – emergency

Strobe – in and out, up and down

High Beam – shining for Him no matter the circumstance

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a 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 5:13, NIV)

Shine, Jesus, Shine…~Deb

LeT iT sHiNe…

May 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

imageI just love to fill a room with candles, their fragrance, ambiance and glow.  It seems to have a calming affect for me.

Have ever just watched a candle burn?  The flicker of the flame, the shadow the glow cast as it illuminates the space around it.

It’s a reminder of how God expects us to let our light shine before men.  What kind of shadow are we casting?  Is it illuminating God’s kingdom?

“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. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-15.

 

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it, gonna let it shine!”  Deb~

Shine and Reflect

December 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

I have a wide selection of candles throughout my home.  The scent and glow create an atmosphere that gives me peace and contentment.

The light that they can create within a room is just amazing and I’m always looking for an excuse to light them up.

Now, what do you see when you look at a lit candle, just the light?

I see light…some bright, some not.  I see wax seeping, wicks shorten by burning, and some have black residue but their still shinning…giving off a reflection.

We are called to shine our light among men!  Sure, our wax may be seeping, wicks burned down and we might even have some black residue but love heart, you are never alone.  In His strength we can reflect His love and purpose.  

He has promised,  “He will never leave us nor forsake us… (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a 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 5:13, NIV)

Shine and reflect His love…~Deb