Saturday, January 7, 2012
You Are God's Best Idea! Daily Epigram for: January 7, 2012
"If you don't have enough time for your Good - it is going to get up and Go!"-Douglas Holzmeier
Are you ever really surprised when someone or some-thing decides to get up and go from your life? I learned in the world of marketing and promotion that people go where they are invited. It is why McDonald's and Coca-Cola are so successful. It isn’t because they are the best restaurant or soft drink – but they are, generally, among the best and most consistent marketers. They spend a ton of money inviting people to their party and keep that party going as long as they can. They produce a product (or service) that delivers the expectations of their consumers. As their consumers have aged – Coca-Cola and McDonald's have added products or services that appeal to the upper end of their partisans by adding, in the case of McDonald's, a line of premium coffee drinks and Coke supplemented Diet Coke (which was always a zero calorie version of the disastrous New Coke) with a true diet version of the Classic Coke flagship in the guise of Coke Zero. In other words – they don’t take their most important asset – YOU – for granted!
Most relationships are built and maintained in a similar manner. There is the initial attraction followed by a symbiotic and mutually beneficial association. For the partnership to remain viable - one party or the other goes beyond the call of duty and the opposite entity shows an appropriate amount of appreciation. If at any point, one or the other in this relationship – be it a romantic union or business affiliation – rescinds their energy or enthusiasm for the accord – consciously or subconsciously – the end begins. Before your Good is Gone – you will have had ample opportunity to wake up and reestablish the connection. In business – you see gross sales falling off month after month. In a human liaison – the dissension may be characterized by some nights where you are sleeping facing in opposite directions – later – by one camping on the couch!
When you take God’s gifts and blessings for granted – if the gift has volition of its own – it will eventually grant you a release. (Metaphysically this will happen even with inanimate objects because, as we know, everything is in motion) This will be expedited if you add insult to injury in the form of criticizing your object of affection’s best attributes. In other words – if your significant other is a great singer and you complain when they sing – not only do you silence their spirit – you lose their song.
How many times have we drawn our Good to us only to send it packing when we placed an arbitrary rule; policy or petty pet peeve (don’t bother me when the game is on; don’t help too much at work; you haven’t paid your dues) ahead of Truth?
I knew of a minister who was fortunate to have a brilliant musician who wrote and performed beautiful and original music at services on Sundays. This new minister wanted this divine creator of fresh expressions to learn and perform – frankly – crappy songs from the denomination’s songbook. He didn’t comply and there was a parting of ways. It is now four years later and the Church in question has never been able to fill the void left by this separation and has lost more than half its congregation. The musician no longer performs in a house of God.
If you find yourself already in possession of God’s bounty – hold your treasure close to your chest – don’t throw it overboard because its brilliance blinds you.
Remember – they are God’s Best Idea, too.
You Are God's Best Idea!
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