As you know, I spent two days at a women's conference. One of the hardest parts was trying to decide which classes to attend. I went to classes on being patient with yourself, arming your home and family, and choosing laughter. I learned so much and was inspired by the things I heard. What is interesting, though, is that if you asked me what had the largest impact, I would have to say it wasn't a talk.
One of the classes I looked forward to most was given by a man named Brad Wilcox. I had heard Brother Wilcox speak before and knew that he is an engaging and spiritual presenter. We went to his class where he spoke about names and the power they hold. I loved it. But, what I learned from him happened after he spoke.
We had thirty minutes until the closing session and as I sat waiting, I watched him. He's very well-known and popular. People like that attract other people. He walked the floor, being stopped several times. I wasn't close enough to hear what anyone said (I'm your biggest fan!), but I had a clear view of his response. For each and every person, he stopped. He looked them in the eye. He listened intently to whatever they had to say. He touched their arm or shoulder and when they were done (no rush), he gave them a hug. I sat in awe as I watched this busy man take time to speak to every person who wanted his attention. I can guarantee that each of them felt like he cared and walked away feeling important. He was treating them the way the Savior would.
I realized as I watched him that I need to follow his example. I don't have fans who come up to talk to me. I do have children who crave my attention every day. I often find myself half listening to them as I continue whatever cleaning, cooking or computer task I'm busy with. How different would they feel if I stopped, looked them in the eye, listened intently, touched them and then hugged them? I am not a famous anything, but I am their mother. They deserve no less than the very best I can give them. And, isn't that my goal? To treat others as the Jesus would?
It's said that actions speak louder than words, and he proved that it's true.
|image from BradWilcox.com|