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no more mr. nice guy

I recently went to a riverside baptism service held by one of the megachurches in our area. It was a gorgeous summer afternoon and I definitely felt the spirit movin’ over the water as I pulled into the parking lot. What I didn’t feel movin’ was the love. As I strolled through the crowd to find my family members, I was quite surprised by the pronounced lack of interaction from anyone to me. No one attempted to make eye contact, let alone a salutation, which I thought was very strange, especially from church folk!

I might have thought it was my imagination until I unfolded my lawn chair and asked the lady next to me if she minded that I plop down right beside her. “My goodness”, she exclaimed, “of course you can! I was beginning to think that I was invisible!!”

It was then that I realized that I was not the only one who felt this way. One by one, the newly baptized got up and shared their stories of love and acceptance. Some of the speakers were the very same people who had silently brushed past me less than an hour before. Now I’m not trying to be judgmental, but we all need to be aware of the basic rules of society. And we especially need to be aware of these rules if we claim any affiliation with Jesus.

Pay attention. Look at people who come your way. Open your mouth and smile and say words that form a greeting. Now I know this may be difficult for introverts, but I promise the more you do it the easier it becomes. Parents, teach your children how to greet other children and adults. I am amazed by how many kids say absolutely nothing when I greet them and their parents make no attempt to guide them through the process.

I learned how to meet people by watching my father. It comes as naturally to me as breathing. I could NOT walk by someone and not smile and say hello. It’d be like walking past a Major General without saluting. The art of salutation is becoming lost; the most basic human interaction of giving someone a smile and looking them in the eye. This is a darn shame on many different levels.

If only people understood the transformational power of a smile. I once got selected for a key position for which I was underqualified because of my ability to enthusiastically interact with people. No matter how healthy, wealthy or wise you become, if you don’t have the skills of common courtesy, the only thing people will remember is that you’re a horse’s arse. After all, people don’t care what you know until they know you care, and the only thing they’ll ever remember about you is how you made them feel.


is “miracle worker” on your resume?

Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist. – David Ben-Gurion

Wikipedia defines a miracle as an unlikely but beneficial event, often attributed to divine intervention. But have you considered that the divine intervention is you? Do we pass up the chance to perform and receive a miracle many times a day?

You can bestow a smile or kind word that gives someone the strength to carry on during a tough day. You can give someone a book that contains all the answers they are looking for. You can make an introduction that ignites a lifelong partnership. You can share an experience that gives someone the strength to get through the same thing. You can say “yes” rather than immediately saying “no”. You can share your knowledge with someone who is seeking direction. You can leave an extra tip that helps someone pay the monthly bills.

Did you also know that every opportunity is a miracle? When God gives you the opportunity to answer your own prayer, it is the opportunity that is the God-given answer to your prayer.

There was a flood in a village. One man said to everyone, “I’ll stay! God will save me!” The flood got higher and a boat came and the man in it said “Come on, mate, get in!” “No,” replied the man. “God will save me!” The flood got very high now and the man had to stand on the roof of his house. A helicopter soon came and the pilot offered him help. “No, God will save me!” he said. Eventually he died by drowning. He got by the gates of heaven and he said to God, “Why didn’t you save me?”God replied, “For goodness sake! I sent a boat and a helicopter. What more do you want!!!”

What if we lived our lives as if our sole purpose on earth was to perform miracles in the lives of others? What if we make it a priority to always seek to add value and not just to entertain? What if we really grasped that we’re not just here to major in the minors, but to make it to the big leagues? What if, rather than waiting for something to be done, we seized the day and realized that each opportunity was exactly the answer we were looking for?

Tremendous Tracey

CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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