We each have the ability within ourselves to make others feel special and
let them know that they are greatly loved. We truly never know what others
are going through because many times people hide their true feelings and
smile when deep down they feel sad and discouraged. It is for this reason
that we should take it upon ourselves to shine the light that is within us
so that others may be encouraged and challenged to shine their light so
that they may be encouraging to someone else. We each have the ability to
do something kind for someone else to let them know that they are special
and important in our eyes. (Matthew 5:16) (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15)
Be encouraged to say a kind word, buy someone their lunch or coffee and
simply make yourself available to hear what they are saying. A simple act
of kindness can cause a ripple effect where hundreds or even thousands of
people will be impacted because of something good that you initiated. Do
something nice today for someone else and start the ripple that will touch
thousands. (Matthew 7:1-5) (Luke 6:30-36) (1 Corinthians 12:26-28)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to see how one life can bring
joy to so many people by doing something nice for someone else.
THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF SERVICE
A few years ago I was hired by a large supermarket chain to lead a customer
service program -- to build customer loyalty.
During my speech I said: “Every one of you can make a difference. Try to
create memories for your customers that will motivate them to come back.
Put your personal signature on the job. Think about something you can do
for your customer to make them feel special --- a memory that will make
them want to come back.”
About a month after I had spoken, I received a call from a 19 year old
bagger named Johnny. He proudly informed me he was a Down Syndrome
individual and told me his story.
“I liked what you talked about” he said, “but at first I didn't think I
could do anything special for our customers. After all, I'm just a bagger.”
“Then I had an idea: Every night after work I would come home and find a
thought for the day. If I can't find a saying I like, I just thought one up.”
When Johnny had a good ‘Thought For The Day’ his dad helped him set it up
on the computer and print multiple copies. Johnny cut out each quote and
signed his name on the back then he'd bring them to work the next day.
“When I finished bagging the groceries I put my thought for the day in
their bag and say: 'THANKS for SHOPPING with us.' And”
It touched me to think that this young man -- with a job most people would
say is not important had made it important by creating precious memories
for all the customers.
A month later the store manager called me.
“You won't believe what happened. When I was making my rounds today I found
Johnny's checkout line was three times longer than anyone else's! It went
all the way down the frozen food aisle. So I quickly announced. 'We need
more cashiers! Get more lanes open!' as I tried to get people to change
lanes. But they wouldn't --- no one would move.”
They said: “No, it's okay --- we want to be in Johnny's lane. We want to
stay in Johnny's lane; we want his thought for the day!”
The store manager continued: “It was a joy to watch Johnny delight the
customers. I got a lump in my throat when one woman said:”
“I used to shop at your store once a week, but now I come in every time I
go pass by because I want to get Johnny's thought for the day.”
A few months later the store manager called me again.
“Johnny had transformed the store. Now when the floral department has a
broken flower or unused corsage, they find an elderly woman or a little
girl and pin it on them.”
“Everyone's having a lot of fun creating memories! Our customers are happy
and talking about us...they are coming back and bringing their friends.”
A wonderful spirit of service spread throughout the entire store...and all
because Johnny chose to make a difference!
Johnny's idea wasn't nearly as innovative as it was loving. It came from
his heart. It was real. That's what touched his customers, his peers, and
those who read this story.
Great service comes from the heart.
Will you be a Johnny today?
By Barbara Glanz
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus says, “Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying,
Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee
drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed
Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the
King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it
John 13:34-35 Jesus says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love
one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this
shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
1 Corinthians 12:26-28 “And whether one member suffer, all the members
suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath
set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly
teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues.”
Matthew 16:26-28 Jesus declares “For what is a man profited, if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His
Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his
works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not
taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: GOD QUALIFIES
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Today’s Selected Testimony: A PRISONER FREED AT LAST
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony87.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry