From the Pulpit to the Pew
What does it take to inspire you? Soul singer Lionel Richie was once deeply impacted by a speech in which his father had honored his mother on their 37th wedding anniversary. In his speech, Richie Sr. had lovingly honored his wife for sticking by him through the ups and downs of life over many years. Lionel said, “What a great story because I pass through my house every day and I don’t say thank you enough. I just take for granted that certain things be done.”
That speech moved Lionel Richie to compose one of his best loved romantic ballads, “Three Times a Lady.”
In the Body of Christ, we too are encouraged to give honor to each other. The Apostle Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Paul also often thanked those who partnered with him in the ministry as shown in Philippians 1:3 where he says, “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
Ten Ways to Inspire Others
1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a
cheerful word of greeting.
2. Smile at people. It takes seventy-two muscles to
frown, only fourteen to smile.
3. Call people by name. Music to anyone’s ears is the
sound of his/her own name.
4. Be friendly and helpful.
5. Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is
genuinely a pleasure.
6. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like
almost everybody if you try.
7. Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.
8. Be considerate with the feelings of others. There
are usually three sides to a controversy: yours, the
other person’s, and the right one.
9. Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what
we do for others.
10. Add to this a good sense of humor, a big dose of
patience, and a dash of humility.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!” [Matt. 7:12]
A Valentine strategy that can’t miss!