Excited but exhausted from an intensive 10-day retail sales workshop, the two tall ladies in their 60’s stepped inside the elevator at their metro-area hotel. Susie and Marnie had still been rehearsing in their minds how to get better at greeting customers to increase business at their store. Susie was outgoing; Marnie found it more difficult. The training tips were still spinning in their heads when the two boarded the elevator headed to their room.
Seeing they were not alone, but sharing the elevator with a tall man dressed in boots and jeans, Susie smiled and blurted out training tip #3 automatically, “Well, hello and good evening!”
The startled stranger was used to silence in the elevator, even with other passengers inside. He looked her up and down, then responded, “Well howdy to you, too. Want to join me for a drink after you get off work?”
Susie’s face turned redder than ripe summer tomatoes. Marnie bent over with laughter. After Susie’s talking and training all day, she was speechless!
But Susie’s heartfelt greetings to all in her work, church and community world was well known in her home town. She sparkled with love and caring as she reached out to others. The reason was evident: she was an ambassador for Christ.
As Jesus said in his own words, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” [Matthew 5:14-16]
All of us can do the same.
And so can Susie who will just keep smiling and greeting with more hellos and howdys!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available where print books are sold and in e-book. Look for Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing releasing for pre-sales July, 2017. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, http://www.button-to-god.com.]