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Saying hello to everyone

January 2009 | by Doug Nichols

Saying hello to everyone

 

At a dinner I attended recently, someone mentioned a study on the effect of simply greeting people by saying ‘Hello’. I need to work at being more outgoing, so today I decided to purposely greet everyone I came in contact with.

 

     At a store I saw a feeble, elderly man shuffling down the aisle with a walker. As we approach one another, I said, ‘Hello, how are you?’ He stopped seemingly in shock. I continued, ‘Is there anything I can help you with? You seem to have difficulty walking’.

     In a British accent he told me of his ailments. I asked him if he was from England and he said yes. I told him I go to the UK from time to time because of our ministry and as I pass through on the way to Africa.

     He said, ‘Oh, Africa. I lived in Africa for 40 years’

     ‘What did you do?’ I asked. ‘I was a missionary’, he responded.

     ‘With what mission?’

     He answered, ‘I don’t know if you have heard of it, but the name is WEC – Worldwide Evangelization Crusade’. I was glad to tell him that I knew WEC very well, and it was one of the thirty missions to which I applied in the 1960s. He then introduced me to his wife who was also not well. They were excited to meet another missionary.

     Sadly I discovered they were on food stamps! ‘Food stamps, ‘I exclaimed. ‘You must not have much money’. They replied, ‘Well, the Lord is providing and we praise him for it’.

     We arranged to get together soon and I hope to assist them in some way. When I left the store, I was greatly encouraged in meeting new friends who need help and encouragement, all because of saying ‘hello’.

     Let me encourage you with the following, The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged (2 Timothy 2:24).

     So, dear friend, greet someone today, in fact, everyone! Say ‘Hello, how are you?’ You might not meet someone from Africa, but you may meet someone with needs a loving touch from a Christian.

 

Doug Nichols