Our virtue this week is to be PERSONABLE – The strength to be pro-actively welcoming and kind to others. It’s an awesome experience to be in a school, a class or on a team that is kind to one another, that welcomes one another … you want to be there with them. You enjoy the experience and the work that you put in together. That is fun. Let’s do our best to create that type of environment here.
Lord Jesus, there are so many moments in Your life where you were kind and welcoming to others. You cared for everyone. Give us the strength to get over ourselves and truly think about the needs of others, to care about making others happy and seeking ways to make others feel better.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
GETTING REAL HELP AT WAL-MART
While my family and I were on vacation in South Carolina, I was put in my place pretty good by a wonderfully genuine, authentic and personable woman at the cash register at Wal-Mart.
We were buying a bunch of food and stuff … She asks me how I was with a very warm smile on her face (I don’t remember what I said) … I asked her how she was doing and she said, “I’m Blessed.” I was taken a back. What a great reply. We chatted a bit more.
The total for my purchase came up and it was a bit more than I expected – I must have had a shocked look on my face or something.
She asks me, “What’s wrong?” I responded, “I don’t feel so blessed anymore.” Her come back was exactly what I needed. “You can pay for everything you are buying, correct?” Yes, Ma’am, I can …
“Well then – you are BLESSED that you can pay for all that. Look at it from that point of you – see how blessed you are?” She made my day … just doing her job at Wal-Mart … but she did her job with a PERSONAL interest in others … a stranger on vacation at the supermarket.
Imagine if we lived our lives with this sort of personal interest in others instead of being wrapped up in ourselves.
How can we be more personable with one another?
Have you ever had a similar experience where someone surprised you in a good way by the way they treated you?
Make a real effort to praise, congratulate and thank others today. Actively look for the good deeds of others.
Tell each student you speak with how they bless the school/team/class/group with their talents, gifts and effort.
Share how they have they blessed you personally as well.
Thank You, Lord, for this wonderful opportunity to be with a group of people who truly care about one another and who strive to make one another feel important, welcome and loved. Help me to live this way all week. Give me the strength to be PERSONABLE this week by being friendly and welcoming to everyone around me. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Be friendly and welcoming by saying “Good Morning, Good afternoon, how are you?, good to see you, etc”
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – James D. Miles
“We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have
not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” –
“Real charity doesn’t care if it’s tax-deductible or not.” – Dan Bennett
“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are
many more dying for a little love.” – Mother Teresa