Who among us hasn’t visited a Wal-Mart and been greeted as you entered the store? Maybe it is a small thing but I think it makes an impact on every customer, every time. The late Sam Walton saw this first tried in Crowley LA and immediately recognized the value of greeting each customer as he or she entered the store. He then saw to it that the practice was implemented nationwide.
I think we need to do the same thing at church. Many people say that our church is one of the friendliest they’ve ever seen, but I think there is still room for improvement. I challenge you when you are at church to envision yourself as a Wal-Mart greeter. Everyone who walks through the door comes in with personal problems that can preoccupy them and draw their attention away from worshiping God. By lovingly greeting one another (especially our guests) we are reminding one another that we are the body of Christ and that Christ is greater than any problem we have.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (I Corinthians 12:27)
(The Meaning of a Man, Ronnie Floyd, 1996, p.42)
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