5 – When Someone Arrives
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
NAME – Get to know others by their name. It is super meaningful to others that you remember them. Remember, people want to be treated as human beings, not objects. Using their name is the fastest and most reliable way of building rapport and creating a good first impression. Everyone has a name — use it to better connect to them. You will notice a difference in your relationships. God knows us all by name. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1).
EYE CONTACT – The foundation of good eye contact truly comes from knowing whose you are (God’s Creation) The more you trust in God’s love for you, the easier it will be to look everyone you meet in the eye, and do it with confidence and a real smile. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)
TOUCH – Touch builds trust. Often, when people meet face-to-face, they great each other with a touch. This can be ritualized (a high five or handshake) or just in the course of holding doors, or a business-appropriate touch on the arm at the end of a meeting. Regardless, touch is a powerful sense. An experiment done by researchers at the University of Chicago and Harvard found that negotiators who shook hands were more open and honest, and reached better outcomes. You are literally conveying warmth. “But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” (Matthew 17:7)
SCALE ICE BREAKER – A great way to break the ice with someone is to ask a question. Using a scale is an easy way to get to know where someone is in their faith journey. On a scale of 1-10 what are the chances of someone getting to heaven? 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:13-14)
QUESTION? – Sharing God’s love with others is a privileged to do. Our job is simply to provide an opportunity for others to experience God’s love and God does the rest. A simple question to ask… “Would you like to know more about God?” 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)