I heard a great story last week that you need to hear. Every time I meet with Mark Carter, a young professional friend of mine, he has a story from the marketplace. This one was classic.
Mark was driving through the drive-thru of a national burger chain. When they handed him his food, the worker at the window cheerfully said, “happy holidays!” Most of us would simply say “you too.” Not Mark. Being a very intentional marketplace Christian, Mark casually replied, “I’m curious, why do you say happy holidays instead of merry Christmas?” The young girl, being caught a bit off guard by the question said, “well, that’s just our policy. You know, we don’t want to offend anyone.”
Without being rude or pushy, Mark’s response was classic. “Well, I’m a Christian and that offends me.”
I’m not trying to start a debate about companies replacing Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays. But Mark’s story was a powerful reminder to me that even in the marketplace, without Jesus, there is no “happy holiday.” If you are a follower of Christ, December 25th is your holiday! It’s a holy day to celebrate the birth of the man who gives us hope.
So for the next 15 days, each time you walk into the marketplace, be proud of your holiday. When you say “Merry Christmas”, say it with pride and meaning and purpose.
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Posted in Appreciation, Faith and Work, Gratitude, Prayer, tagged christmas, Encouragement, gratitude, Influence, pray, Prayer, thank you, thanksgiving on November 19, 2012 |
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This is my favorite week of the year. Maybe it’s just me, but I see and feel Jesus more in Thanksgiving than I do in the busyness and commercialization of Christmas. How about you?
Regardless of your answer, know this. This week can change your life. This week can change others lives. This week is tailor-made to make a difference.
So, here are a few suggestions for giving thanks:
- Send a hand written note to your boss thanking him/her in a genuine and appropriate manner.
- Do the same for your President/CEO or location leader. No matter what you think, they need encouragement.
- Texts are easy and simple. Pick five people you work with (coworkers, customers, suppliers, partners) and tell them how grateful you are.
- Prayer is powerful. Pick five people you work with and thank God for them.
- Read 365 Thank You’s before 2013 to be inspired to put into action saying thank you to the myriad of people in your work and personal life who bless you.
Finally, I want to say thank you to each of you! Thank you for your desire to grow in your faith at work. To be the same person at work that you are in your personal life. To allow your work to be a testimony to others. And, to many of you, thank you for your heart, time and resources that you have given to WorkMatters in 2012. You have no idea what your encouragement and support mean to us personally and corporately.
May you feel God’s blessings in your life and work this week. Philippians 1:3
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