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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Make a Joyful Difference

            Have you had your Joy Juice today? Maybe you should take some to your workplace!  

If you are blessed to work with people who you consider friends, count that as a double blessing!  It’s much easier to get up and go to work when you know you will be with good friends who are “team players” and pull together to get the job done.  If you find yourself in a “less than desirable” work setting, may I suggest that YOU be the example and try to make a difference!

Do you believe that one person can make a difference? I’ve told this story before, but it’s such a great example of how each of us has influence.  It’s a true story of a 19 year-old boy named Johnny, who had Down’s syndrome.  He got a job as a bagger at a supermarket in his hometown.  One day the grocery store chain had a guest speaker who challenged all the employees to “make a difference”.

          Johnny took this challenge seriously! He came up with the idea to find a “thought for the day”, print it on a card and put into everyone’s bag that came through his checkout lane.  Within a month, Johnny’s line was three times longer than the others. And no one wanted to change; they all wanted his “thought for the day”. 

The store manager said that his store went through a transformation. When the floral department had a broken flower or unused corsage, they didn’t throw it away; they looked for an elderly woman or a little girl and pinned it on her. The butchers started putting bows on their wrapped cuts of meat. Johnny’s determination to make a difference filled his workplace with a wonderful spirit of service and joy!

Each of us can make a difference! Share the JOY of the Lord with others!

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