A young woman named Gina was looking for a book on leadership and networking. Specifically, she said that tomorrow, being Friday, she was to go out on several appointments in the community and wanted to make the best impression.
Gina was full of personality, witty, intelligent, articulate and seemed socially at ease. To me, she had already succeeded before she even arrived for the appointments.
I suggested a couple of books that I had read and enjoyed and let her browse.
Upon her checking out I was near the front of the store, and I told her, with one of my fellow employees standing nearby, “Gina, I would be remiss if I did not tell you, I believe you are going to do well tomorrow on all of your appointments. In fact, you are going to do so well that I bet you even surprise yourself. God never makes a mistake in creating someone specifically to make them who He wants them to be. To meet who He wants them to meet. He created you Gina. He knows just what He is doing. And tomorrow when you are out on your appointments God will be saying, ‘Go, Gina, Go!'”
She smiled and thanked me for the encouragement. I asked her where she was going after purchasing the books. She responded as though she had anticipated the question, “To read these books and put my plan together for tomorrow.”
Later I recalled the encounter.
It wasn’t a book Gina needed.
What Gina needed was someone to say, “Go Gina Go!”
Today, find someone that you can cheer on, that you can encourage to do great things. Find out what they need and place it ahead of your own need. Find out what interests them and place their interests above what interests you most.
I promise to do the same.
“…do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others.” Philippians 2:4
I may never see Gina again, but, I bet her day tomorrow will be an outstanding day.
Because of me? Not hardly.
But because God gave me an opportunity to speak on His behalf when I said what He was saying…
“Go Gina Go!!!”