1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
What are good manners?
The dictionary states the treatment of other people with courtesy and politeness, and showing correct public behavior. I would agree with that and add not just some of the time but all the time. I say that because, you never know who is watching you and desiring to be just like you. What examples are you showing and lessons of kindness are you rendering to others.?
Recently I attended a conference on empowering women and being a twenty first century woman. The atmosphere was electrifying and energizing. Each day was a full event of engaging with others and being present in the moment. There were speakers with awesome life changing testimonies. Testimonies of surviving breast cancer, homeliness, addictions, divorce, political activism and other celebratory moments.
In the audience was also people of similar backgrounds as some of the panel of speakers. So many relatable moments were experienced and shared. I was there to meet and greet others, share my newly released books, websites and testimony in hopes of offering an avenue that was helpful for me and sharing this path with others.
My greatest desire was to compliment as many people daily as I could seeking to perhaps reach someone who needed a new route in their life-journey. I was offering sort of a little push or nudge to rewrite their story. So each opportunity, I introduced myself and had lunch and dinner with a different group of people. This was ice breaking moments for me but I began to feel more comfortable as the days past. A smile is super important and a few times there were people sitting alone and was glad I asked them if I could sit at their table.
It was announced one day that a sale of vendor items would take place in the solarium. Wow, how cool was this, I had bought a few of my books to the conference. I met an author who had a newly released book http://www.septemberwilliams.com/chasingmercury-synopsis-purchase-reviews/
She accompanied me with the set up of my display and showered me with kindness and humility. I was over joyed with the large turn out of people purchasing their copies of my books. This was truly a dream being realized. I was asked questions and people waited in line for their opportunity to get their book signed. God is good. One person said “ I’m purchasing your book because you had lunch with me, and I want to remember you.” This is how I know that manners does matter and can really impact your life as well as others.
Does manners matter?
I would say yes, yes, yes, being polite to others matter. At the end of the week long conference, we were all boarding the bus in route to the airport. The thought that one of the speakers left with us was “if you see someone who you admire and want to emulate them, talk with them, hang out with them, be present in their lives.”When I entered the bus, there were many seats available. I was happy to have my own seat , that I could spread out, relax and place my legs across the other side that no one would be sitting in.
The bus was almost ready to leave, about three ladies boarded and one stood at my seat. She stood there so I could move over and allow her to share my seat. My thoughts were “ seriously, are you kidding me” there are other seats go find you another seat. She stood there patiently, she waited for me to move my pillows, blankets, coffee mug and backpack out of the seat , and she sat with me. I lightly said, hello, she said HELLO, I’ve been wanting to talk with you all week but kept telling myself no. I’m so glad no one was sitting with you and I’m so happy to be here with you. She then lifted her hands and said “thank you Lord”, I want to be around a person who I admire and share my story with you and perhaps we can co-author a book in the near future. We talked for hours and learned so much about one another, and how she was balancing the American culture with her upbringing in India.
She found me to be brave but in her story of survival she was the brave one in my view. She was a rare jewel and through the love of Christ and having such a rare opportunity of serendipity, manners does matter.
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