Romans 12:6-8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” NIV
As my children know only too well, my favorite movie of all time is Miracle On 34th Street. I can watch it any time of the year and it never fails to bring me to tears. For me, it’s the ultimate feel good movie. The basic message of the movie is that a worldly woman is raising her daughter to be factual in her thinking. Especially when it comes to fairy tales and egads! Santa Claus. Along comes a nice old man who says he is Santa Claus. And the rest is movie history. (Sorry but you have to rent the movie to find out what really happens).
I often use the movie when I speak at grooming industry trade shows as an example of customer service. I know this sounds strange but buried in the movie is the basic marketing scheme that became the hallmark of Macy’s Department Store. “If we don’t have it, we will tell you who does” is a very successful way of doing business. When someone calls my store, if I can’t answer their question, I offer to find out the answer for them. It has been one of the reasons that people continue to come to me for help, long after they have no need for grooming services.
During this time of year, I think the message of the movie can be used in our daily lives. If I don’t have what you need, then let me find it for you. If I can’t help you, let me find someone who can. If you don’t have the Lord, let me lead you to to Him. I might not be good at speaking and teaching but I can serve and encourage you. I might not have a lot to give but I can hold your hand and tell you about someone who can give you everything you need. You might have been raised to believe that something you can’t see or touch is not to be believed. But let me show you proof that there is a God and He loves you and wants you to have every gift that He can possibly give you. Let me share the Miracle of His birth with everyone I know.