Lessons from the Ordinary

This is a guest post by Skip Prichard. He is a dear friend of mine, an accomplished CEO, turnaround business leader, and keynote speaker. I highly recommend you subscribe to his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Every year, I meet incredibly interesting people. You may think I’m thinking of famous people. Yes, famous people can certainly be interesting. Equally interesting, at least to me, are people I meet in everyday life.

Lessons fron the Ordinary

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For example,

  • The barista at the coffee shop who remembers exactly what I want.
  • The guy who waves me into the car wash with the slightest flick of his hand indicating where my tires should point.
  • The newly-minted, hilarious college graduate who told me his future: two wives (he says his first marriage won’t work out), three kids, a dog, and a dead-end job.
  • The lady at the bookstore who smiles when she sees me rearranging the shelves, putting my favorite authors’ books face-out.

Be Alert

Each one of the people crossing my path offers an opportunity to learn. I study people shuffling by at a busy store. There we go, I think, as I imagine where they are heading. People are incredibly fascinating.

Sure, some disappoint. You wonder why you work so hard at some friendships when it’s clearly a one-way path to nowhere. Then there’s family, some family members are truly biological—with blood coursing through their bodies to prove it. Others we adopt, friends who are so true we wouldn’t dream of letting them go.

People teach us remarkable lessons if we are open to learning. Criticism we launch at someone else likely has its roots in our own shortcomings.

Slow Down

Today, as you rush through your day, look at those around you a little closer. Slow down just a bit—you don’t need to view the text message the minute it chimes. You don’t need to check Facebook and Twitter as if you’re looking for signs of life in a patient.

Just watch. Listen. Ask some questions.

See Beyond

If you can see beyond the obvious, you can learn some incredible lessons.

You may discover that the barista prides herself on remembering your drink because she’s really good at it, and her father always told her she was stupid. She’s incredibly bright and works hard to overcome his harsh words. She absorbs your praise faster than your coffee does the cream.

Lessons: Everyone is hurting in some way. Everyone needs praise. Get comfortable with praising good work.

You may discover that the car wash guy is the lead singer in an up-and-coming band and has a real shot at making it. His backstage stories are better than a movie. And his writing is better than most professional writers.

Lessons: Everyone has a hidden talent. Take time to get to know your employees. Often the most needed skills are right in front of you.

You may learn that the college graduate was influenced by his parents’ painful divorce and his insight on relationships beats anything you’d read in a book.

Lessons: Age doesn’t equal wisdom. Learning from mistakes and the failures of others can benefit you more than you realize.

You may find that the bookstore lady is a book herself, full of knowledge you can tap into. She’s actually a retired business executive, filling time. She knows how to incorporate businesses, develop marketing plans, and lead strategic planning.

Lessons: Often what we see is just the surface. Take time to realize the full abilities of the people around you.

See these people are anything but ordinary. Everyone has something extraordinary that can change you. A different perspective, a unique experience, a gift. We’re all ordinary people, but we are all extraordinary in our own way.

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  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    LOVE this.   Thank you for the reminder to stop and really notice people.  We miss so much of the blessings and gifts because we run through life with our eyes half way closed. 

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

      Thank you, Eileen. It’s a great lesson for me because I often miss what is right in front of me. I’m trying to be more deliberate and take it all in–because you never know what lesson you will learn.

  • Ray Ulmer

    My big brother, whose chalk marks are still on the barn door for the number of hoops it put in,… has retired as VP of Unisys.  Persistence.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Sounds like you spotted what made him successful early, Ray. Persistence in the face of a challenge motivating to see in someone.

  • http://www.growing4life.net/ Leslie A

    I am always watching and listening.  There is so much to learn. And, as a side benefit, this also gives me so much to write about! :) Curiosity may just be the writer’s best friend!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Leslie, this post was inspired by one of my good friends who is a NYT list regular. When I talked to him after we had coffee, I was struck by how much he took in. Since then, I’ve made it my goal to watch. You’re right–it can be the best writer’s benefit around. Best wishes for your next piece.

  • Maria Teresa Moraes

    Your texts inspire me every time I read it.  Even having portuguese as my native language I get a wonderfull and softeness taste of your posts. Glad to be a subscriber and follow you in Facebook. Thank you !

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Muito obrigado! Contente voce gostei.

  • http://cakebusinesslife.com/ Eme

    Just today I found myself really looking forward to teaching my next monthly cake decorating course starting tomorrow… and i realise it is because of the people i am going to meet. I always learn so much from my students, met some amazing courageous creative people – many of them become lifelong friends. You are right that people are fascinating and there is so much more to the faces we see and the everyday people we meet. 

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       With that type of positive expectation, your class will be amazing.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       What a great attitude, Eme!

  • http://www.donaldmcallister.com/ Don McAllister

    What a great read!! People are indeed incredibly fascinating and we can learn so much from them. I think people want us to see their lives as extraordinary, because that’s what they truly are! I have found people just want us to listen to their story, and ask questions about them and the struggles they are facing. On another note: this post is making today’s 3 to read: 3toread.com. Thanks!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thanks, Don, and I’m honored with the inclusion, too.

  • Tammy

    Working in retail I’ve found that 99% of my encounters with people have some significant value and learning experience.  Recently,  a sweet 80 yr. old woman came in to have me help with her makeup as she was attending her sons funeral and wanted to look nice. This was the third child she had lost. I was humbled in more ways than I can describe and will never forget her and what the encounter with her taught me: life goes on. Simple, but yet profound.  Thanks for this beautiful post this morning- a valuable encounter via technology :)

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       You painted a vivid picture. Thank you for sharing that, Tammy.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Oh, wow. And now her example is teaching us, through you. Thank you for sharing, Tammy.

  • http://www.allandubon.com/ Allan Dubon

    This is a great post. I am making a concerted effort to praise good work/behavior. The dividends are astonishing. Too often we focus only on the negative, therefore the only instruction someone receives is what not to do. I find recognizing positive interactions yields more motivated employees/volunteers etc.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       I know I’m more motivated with a positive word than with a hammer! Thanks, Allan.

  • http://twitter.com/Harry_Bryan Harry Bryan Jr.

    I read a lot…and this is one of the best blog posts I’ve read in a very long time. It really touched me. Thank you!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Harry, thank you. That means more to me than you could realize. I’m glad it touched you.

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  • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

    I enjoy learning along my daily walk for sure. Your post reminds me that I need to be a servant. Always enjoy your inspiration Skip, thanks for another good one!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thank you, Chris. Servant leadership–what it’s all about….

  • http://twitter.com/ConnieAlmony Connie Almony

    Really. Love. This. Post!!! I was just thinking about the woman who cleaned our home growing up and how she’d proudly wear the cast-offs my mother gave her because she couldn’t afford her own. And yet she had joy that surpassed anything I’d ever seen. She scrubbed our floor vigorously as she joyfully sang hymns and praises to Jesus. I didn’t understand this til much later and could never thank her for her beautiful example of faith. I now receive a blessing regularly from a cashier at my grocery store who I call “the button lady” because she wears pins all over her uniform. She asks me about my life, my day and remembers what I said from week to week, encouraging me along the way. I wrote about her on my blog and told her so she’d know how important her gift was to me. As someone who writes fiction I always tell my daughter, “It’s the little things in the story that make it great … characteristics we don’t always recognize, but we feel them none-the-less.” That’s how it is in life. We don’t always need to do big things to have big impact.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thank you, Connie. I appreciate it. And I love the story of the woman who cleaned your home. That you still remember her shows that impact. We can all make a difference.

  • Rocky

    People impress me too! Since I was in Junior High I discovered that I feel a genuine interest when I learn about anyone’s uniqueness. What a well-written post! It is so important to see the value and uniqueness in people. I recently was a judge for a local high school entrepreneurship competition, and found it very difficult to maintain the tight schedule, because I wanted to talk at length with nearly every contestant. They were amazing. Thanks for your encouragement and wisdom!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Rocky, thank you–I appreciate it and am glad it made a difference. Clearly you have a love for people and take an interest at a deeper level.

  • Eleni

    Beautiful post…!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thank you–beautiful people!

  • http://www.UnwillingToSettle.com/ Greg L. Gilbert

    Years ago I took a motorcycle trip by myself through Texas. I had no destination. I would wake up look at the map and decide where I would go.

    I stopped at many little country stores where there may be one person in a chair out front or one person inside. I would get a soda and ask them, “I’ve always heard everyone has a story, would you mind telling me your story and your dreams”? It was amazing how people opened up. I heard some very interesting stories.

    My biggest regret was this trip occurred about 3 years before I began journaling. I would’ve loved to captured their stories. It would’ve been a great E-book or blog. You are right, everyone does have a story.

    Greg Gilbert

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Greg-I love the simplicity of your question. The fact they were willing to open up to you says something about your approach. Thanks for sharing this.

  • http://christopherwesley.org/ Christopher Wesley

    One the greatest things I’ve learned is how powerful SIMPLE can be.  A good morning on a run.  A smile form someone across the room.  Or a have a nice day from a cashier can just change my mood and motivation.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Me too, Chris, and I have to guard against the opposite reaction and not let anyone’s bad attitude rub off. If I get that response, I try harder to understand their perspective.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I like how you mentioned offering a “good morning” on a run. I run or walk almost every day, and have noticed a sharp contrast between the people who do this and those don’t. It’s inspired me to try to be the first time. :)

      • http://christopherwesley.org/ Christopher Wesley

        Couldn’t agree with you more.  Again it’s amazing how simple pleasantries will elevate your mood.  It’s simple things like this that I want to pass on to my kids.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Me, too!

  • Craig Alan Loewen

    Excellent post. As a pastor of an aging congregation, I plead with them to write or  record the stories of their lives for their children, grandchildren, and on.

    “But who will listen?” they ask me. “I’m nobody special.”

    “The people that need to hear it,” is my standard reply. “Everyone’s story is special.”

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Wise advice, Pastor Loewen. Thanks for sharing that this morning.

  • FromHisPresence

    Hey, I loved your insight about this. I so agree. I believe that one of the most effective things I can ever do in my life is to see people with “Spirit eyes” and speak into them the good things I see, rather than the mediocrity everybody else sees. People are desperate to be valued and built up. I’d rather do that than almost anything else.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Your willingness to do that and be a positive vessel allows you to bless many!

  • John Richardson

    Insightful post, Skip. You are right, you never know who you are going to meet. Just last night I sat down with a gal from my Toastmaster’s club. She heard me speak about being an author and wanted to talk to me about publishing a memoir. She talked about her job, about being a single mom, and about trying to raise three boys. She talked about the tough times, like when one of her sons went to jail. It was a heart tugging conversation. Then she told me how one of her sons made it to the NFL. Picked 4oth in the draft. How God had worked in her family’s life.

    I had known her for a few months and heard a few of her speeches, but I didn’t know anything about her life. She was just a gal working at a local golf company. Her story turned out to be a Horacio Alger, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, kind of adventure. 

    I’m going to help her get plugged in to our local writing community, and see what we need to do to get her story out. Of the millions of kids that want to play professional sports, only a few make it. Through an amazing set of circumstances, one of hers did. Her message is compelling, and so many young people need to hear it.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       John, I think we all love those stories, don’t we? I find them incredibly motivating to think about when I’m having a tough time myself. This one sounds like a winner!

      • John Richardson

        Michael talks about finding a niche when building a platform. One great place to find inspiration is to look back at the tough times, to find the failures and the successes. One thing I’ve learned as a fiction writer… readers love conflict. While we hate to go through hard times, readers can truly relate to them.

        • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

           John, I agree and often study failure because that’s where we relate and where we learn both fiction and non-fiction.

  • Hickeyalisha

    I met a wonderful lady who was 88 years-old in a yoga class. She amazed me because she was so very capable of doing the poses and the ones that she had a problem with she just varied the positon a bit. She is an Itailian lady who raised her children on her own. She worked her way through college while working and raising her kiddos. She is sassy and she doesn’t put up with much complaining because she has been too much herself to let the whining go on. I learned from her that day that she is the example of life that deserves attention. She has lived and just like her yoga poses …so is life . There are times in life when we cannot seem to get things right but if we bend a little here or there we can still accomplish what we set out to do . Loved reading this post. thank you for sharing.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       With her attitude and the fact she is taking care of herself, she may be here longer than any of us! Thanks for sharing this story.

  • http://www.authorcynthiaherron.com/ Cynthia Herron

    The moments that have impacted me the most are those in which “ordinary” people flitted in and out of my life, but left remarkable and life-changing impressions.

    What a profound post! Loved it!

    ~Blessings

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Cynthia, thank you. I’m so glad it spoke to you today.

  • Camille LoParrino

    Found that perceptions of children are accurate and valuable. Listen & learn.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

      Agree- It’s good to slow down and validate the perceptions.

  • http://www.heartchoices.com Debbie

    I love this post.  It is time to notice those around us.  Even when I’m in the grocery check out line, I often wonder why some people are so impatient or why another is thoughtful.  Thanks for the reminder.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thank you, Debbie. So often taking time to learn someone’s story changes everything.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    And because everybody has something extraordinary, those among us that have nothing extraordinary are extra-extraordinary. 

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       The least among us will be the greatest.

  • Michele Jackson

    Hello,

    Ordinary people have joys and challenges in life.

    You write really well.

    Please read my article, “Sexual Dissatisfaction,” at my blog: http://www.michelefjackson.blogspot.com.

    Let’s chat.

    – Michele Jackson

  • http://www.douglasoakes.com/ Douglas Oakes

    Excellent insight.  Very practical.  I need to keep this kind of thinking before me on a daily basis b/c it doesn’t come natural for most people.  I so easily backslide into self-absorption that the blindness sets back in.  To recognize and speak a blessing into another’s life is one of the greatest gifts we can give another person.  

    Thank you for this post.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thank you, Douglas. I know I can have that tendency, and appreciate the reminders myself. Have a good weekend.

  • http://www.buckleadership.wordpress.com/ Justin Buck

    Spot-on insight, Skip! I find that being totally present, wherever you are, can lead to greater opportunities. Being totally present in your relationships deepens them. Being totally present with your clients maximizes your impact.

    Easier said than done, but totally worth the daily challenge to ward off distraction.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Yes it does, and I’m with you in making this effort.

  • Cindie

    This post really resonated with me…because I do believe that every person has a story. I work at a Crisis Pregnancy Center and often it is the young crack addicted prostitutes who walk through our doors. One who came in this week…the sadness in her eyes reflects the pain of all that she has left behind as the addiction has taken control of her life.
    The night before she had gone to a local hospital where she was treated poorly by someone in the ER…as she told me about her experience with tears running down her face I was once again reminded of how people so often judge without taking time to see the story that could be behind it all.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Cindie, thanks for sharing and for what you do to lift hurting people up.

  • Allison

    Thank you for this post to remind us to slow down and take notice!  We are so busy checking in via email, Facebook and texts that we neglect what is happening before our eyes.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       You are welcome, and I am often guilty of it myself!

  • http://twitter.com/mawade1 Michael A. Wade

    Thanks for a great post.  I am allow was telling my team members to take time to get to know our customers.  EVERYONE HAS A STORY.  When we do that we not only make happy customers we create friendships that strengthen us as leaders.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

      I’m with you, Michael, and those stories are awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tommy Hopson

    This is so true!  Just the other day I listened to a man on crutches due to losing his leg in a motorcycle accident tell his survival story.  He told me not only of his struggles soon after losing his leg but also the long-term struggles he faced.  I learned much more than a book could tell me!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Often how people overcome the most difficult times in their lives are the most memorable. I admire people who show resilience.

  • Elizabeth Darcy Jones

    Every day, Darren, my baker reminds me we are all extra-ordinary by his interest in his customers’ moods – which he is subtly tuned in to. Thanks, Michael, you also are extra-ordinary! Out of reading this post about deepening connection up popped the name for my new business I’d been struggling to find, simply S L O W I N G down as you suggest… 

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and you must have an amazing baker.

      • Elizabeth Darcy Jones

        Ooops! My thanks should have been to you, Skip, for the guest blog too… Darren may be in rural Herefordshire in the UK but if you’re ever over check him out – he’s just started tweeting at @weloveloafers.

        • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

          No problem at all–Michael IS extraordinary. He’s a big inspiration to me and to many. And, I will make a note of that though it’s been two years since I’ve been up that way.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    I love this, Skip. Thanks for taking an interest in everyone, especially those who are ordinary. It says a lot about your character.

    I’m constantly fascinated with my neighbors. I try to go for a walk around the block every day, just to watch them, smile at them, and see what they’re doing.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thanks, Jeff. Your neighbors should be on the alert–you may appear in a Jeff Goins book!

      • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

        Now THAT is comedy!

  • Karl Vaters

    Thank you for this, Skip (& Michael). 

    As a Small Church pastor, I know there are a lot of us who feel like we aren’t big enough to matter to other ministers and ministries. Sometimes we wonder if we even matter to our own small congregations.

    This is an important reminder that we need to stop worrying about our importance and notice the importance of others. That’s what ministry is all about, after all.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Pastor Vaters, you nailed it. Thanks!

  • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

    Great job Skip. My “favorite” coffee place has an amazing atmosphere. They smile, and use first names. And, thier coffee is much more than other places. They have taught me that consumers will pay more for an experience.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Isn’t that so true? I was just listening to an interview where in at least two different places in China they have completely duplicated the coffee shop on the old hit TV show, Friends. That’s the power of atmosphere.

      • http://www.toddliles.com/ Todd Liles

        What a neat idea.  I wonder if they have their own version Ross and Rachel?
        ——– Original message ——–

  • http://www.facebook.com/micky.diaz7 Micky Diaz

    I REALLY enjoy this post! The most ordinary people can do the most extraordinary things. Thanks for sharing Michael!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thanks, Micky! I appreciate that and am glad Michael allowed me to post here.

  • http://www.kayemarketingstudio.com/ Julie Ann Kaye

    You are so right. Treat everyone with respect and try to learn something from everyone.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

      Definitely-and I’m still learning lessons from everyone, meaning I have a lot left to learn!

  • Maryjowharton

    LOVE this post! So true. Well said!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       I’m glad you found it useful. Have a good Saturday!

  • http://www.chancescoggins.com/ chance

    I love this concept and this post, Skip!  Thank you for having an eye to NOTICE what’s beyond the surface.  So few do.  It takes a special heart to cultivate an eye to ‘see” what matters.  Thank you for helping us see what you see.  :)

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Chance, seeing you yesterday, I know how you see things that others miss. Watching you watch others is eye-opening.

  • http://dsargentblog.us/ Darin Sargent

    This is a great post Skip!  In Don Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he writes about the fact that everyone of us have a story.  Our problem is we move too fast through life to recognize what those around us may be going through or what they have accomplished.  Thanks for reminding us to stop long enough to look around and learn!!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thank you, Pastor Sargent. I’ve heard about Don’s book, but I’ve never read it and will have to add it to my list.

      • http://dsargentblog.us/ Darin Sargent

        I am sure you would enjoy it.  Again thanks for the great post.  I enjoy your writing.

  • Bay

    I don’t do this enough. 30 years ago I did it alot. And, you have dredged up some wonderful tales! I worked on the ambulance then. Transporting an elderly woman who I’d been informed couldn’t hear. By the time we arrived at our destination I’d heard all about her childhood riding the range with the cowboys. She was an absolute delight! Just had to take the time to communicate. Obviously I need to do more of this. Thanks for the reminder Skip!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Now THAT is a story! Wow. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bonniekeen

    Michael, I absolutely love your blog and have been an avid reader for a long time. First time to post. This is such a beautiful piece about being in the moment and seeing Jesus-worth-humanity in the faces around us. As an aside, it’s also a worthy ongoing exercise for any actor or author–to be aware of the stories, body language, stories of our fellow man. I often wonder if we took the time to simply listen to our stories, we would find a way to the One who gives all stories true life. Thank you for all you share and give back to this world.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Bonnie, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Every successful author I know has a gift of tuning in to these special moments. Thank you for sharing.

  • annepeterson

    Loved your post. 

    I’ve learned that people are like books;some have never been read. People are dying to tell their story, to know they matter. As far as everyday events. They become extraordinary when you realize God’s in it. There are no “chance,” meetings. Not when you know the God who tells the snow where to fall.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Beautiful comment Anne. Thank you.

  • Esther Bradley-DeTally

    I thrive on this type of relationship or view.  Surfing the Opaque Waves I calls it.  When I go to Pasadena Central Library to check out, they call my name, say hi; we catch up on other people’s lives.  Small things, like looking around, holding the very heavy door at the library or anywhere, for the next person.

    Awareness of the other, interact, leave be – my world is filled with these moments.  Nice question – thanks!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

      Esther, you put it in a way I’ve never heard: “Surfing the Opaque Waves”. I like it. Have a good weekend.

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  • http://www.charlielyons.ca/ Charlie Lyons

    I LOVE this post! So practical and easy to do, if only we’d just slow down a little. This post reminded me of a post I published a year ago about seeing God in the ordinary everyday: http://clyons.ca/xgUl6J

    Thanks, Skip, for your thoughts. You’ve recruited a new reader and follower. :-)

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Charlie, thank you for the kind words. More importantly, I’m glad that it made a difference. I’m still learning but am paying close attention.

  • Greg Martin

    Beautiful. And timely! My sermon tomorrow is focusing on the power of listening, and how it plays such an important role in what we do missionally. Unless we are listening to the people around us, how can we know how best to minister to them? Thanks for saying so clearly and succinctly what I’ve been struggling to put into words. Peace…

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Pastor Martin, I hope the sermon is fabulous! Thank you for the kind words.

  • Cindylouwho976

    If that isn’t being Jesus, I don’t know what is.  I needed the reminder today.  Thank you for your wisdom and great words.  Practicing this today!

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

       Thank you “CindyLouWho” and for the smile thinking of that story.

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  • Jtmcclay

    Life is about love. I forget that on my way to success. Success that the world views  mostly in a finanacial context, which has influenced my persepective in a negative way.  Many of my most memoral experiences with strangers are the connections made in the check-out line at the grocery store, at the restauarant table, or trying on a shirt when I take the time to become interested in the person serving me and try to serve them back.  Countless scientific studies show we experience joy when we serve others, both with our time, talents and money. We really could learn the most from the one who came to serve us in the most dramatic way. thanks for the reminder.

    • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

      Thank you for adding to the conversation with your thoughts. I’m going to practice it more today to find the “joy” from those studies. All the best to you.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great perspective. You’re right … there’s a truckload of science behind serving others, generosity, and joy. Dr. Henry Cloud talks about this at length in his book, “The Law of Happiness.”