Missional Suggestion #5

Learn Someone’s Name

Everyone is in love with one word. We love our own name. Being noticed or acknowledged is important. Learn a person’s name and use it-more than once. Try to learn their name well enough remember it the next time you meet. People feel astonishingly important when someone remembers their name.

Listen to others. Let them tell you about themselves. Remember the details so you can ask about them next time you meet. I read of a successful businessman that remembered details about the lives of many people. He kept a file on 3×5 cards with names of children, spouses, family situations, etc. He knew how important they would feel when he asked specific questions. Is it any wonder he was so successful?

That’s just business stuff you say. The Bible says: 13I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink; 14instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face. 15Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends there, each by NAME. (3 John 1:13-15)

Learn someone’s name this week.

  • The cashier
  • The waitress
  • The person you pass when walking
  • The school crossing guard
  • The garbage collector
  • The person at church who sits “over there”

It could be a revolutionary thing to be missionally mined enough to learn to call people by name. This week’s missional suggestion is learn someone’s name.

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