Fresh Hope – Day 96

We don’t always realise the impact we have on the lives of those around us, even through small, simple acts. When you focus on the opportunity that you have to make others’ lives better, it becomes easy to celebrate where you are — no matter what you do.

You may have heard the saying, ‘Go where you are celebrated, not where you are tolerated.’ While it is important to be appreciated, we can also flip that saying around: ‘Celebrate where you are, don’t tolerate it.’ You could just tolerate life or you could choose to celebrate it. The choice really is yours…

*I read a true story about a young man with Down’s syndrome named John, who worked in a grocery store bagging groceries. During a training presentation for the large grocery chain, John and the other employees were challenged to create memories for each customer that would make them want to come back to the store.

At first, John wondered what he could do, being ‘only a bagger.’ After some thought, he came up with an idea. Every night at home, John and his Dad printed out his favourite sayings. He took painstaking care to cut out each little encouraging phrase. When at work, he arranged his little pile of sayings close to him, so that he could sneak one into each customers grocery bag, saying, “I hope you enjoy my quote of the day.”

The store manager began to notice that the line of people at the till where this young man bagged groceries was considerably longer than the other lines. Even when given the opportunity to move to a shorter line, many would stay in his line. In fact, one lady said, “I used to come to the store once a week and now I come two to three times a week just to see the smile on his face when he drops in his favourite quote!”

The manager shared with his team what John was doing to create memories for the customers, and soon, the manager in the florist department began gathering her broken flowers to pin on elderly ladies, and the meat department manager began putting little smiley stickers on his meat packages to make his customers laugh. Although John may have seemed like an unlikely leader, he did lead — through influence.

John didn’t focus on the menial part of his job. He focused on serving people and making their day brighter.

It is easy to get cynical in life, but we don’t always realise the impact we have on the lives of those around us, even through small, simple acts. When you focus on the phenomenal opportunity that you have to make others’ lives better, it becomes easy to celebrate where you are — no matter what you do.

Matthew 5:16 ‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’

*Taken from the story of Johnny the Bagger

Pastor Mark

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