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~
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.” (Luke 10:38-39, NIV)
This is a tale of two sisters and a choice…
Martha has opened her home to Jesus and the disciples. Being a woman, she wanted everything perfect.
House cleaned, get out the good dishes…what to cook?!?! I’m sure that Martha was barking out orders right and left. This was Jesus after all!
WHERE was Mary? She should be helping.
Martha was searching everywhere! As she rounds the corner her anger boils as she sees her lazy sibling sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Martha was having none of this. She walks up to Jesus and demands that Mary come and help her.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. ” (Luke 10:38-42, NIV)
Decisions…we have to make them everyday.
I have a hunger and a calling to know and love God more. What about you? Let’s look for the heart-to-heart intimacy that Mary longed for!
I must confess…I’m a Martha but I’m working on being more like Mary. ~Debra
Pollution…it’s a word we hear almost everyday. It’s usually referring to the pollutants we put in the air, tin cans, water bottles the list goes on and on.
How does it apply to your spiritual life?
How about when you’re watching a TV show that advocates the very thing that you’ve been teaching your children not to do?
When you’re at work and a co-worker is telling an off colored joke do you stick around to listen or do you walk away?
Your boss asks you to do something just a “little” dishonest…
All of this can affect us spiritually. Little by little it invades us and before you know it we will be doing things we never would have thought of.
God’s word tells us…”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9, NIV)
I want to encourage you to meditate on God’s word and to find yourself a place to worship and keep yourself accountable. We must fill our minds with things of God to fight worldly temptation.