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‘Let your light shine before men.’ Matthew 5:16 NAS

Jesus said, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16 NKJV) When you’re in darkness, you see the light before you see the carrier of the light, right? The old saying, ‘First impressions are lasting impressions,’ is true. A communications expert advises: ‘You’ve got just seven seconds to make the right first impression. As soon as you make your entrance, you broadcast verbal and nonverbal signals that determine how others see you. In business those crucial first seven seconds can decide whether you win that new account, or succeed in a tense negotiation. Are you confident? Comfortable? Sincere? Glad to be there? In that first seven seconds, you shower your audience with subtle “clues”. And whether people realise it or not, they respond immediately to your facial expressions, gestures, stance and energy. They react to your voice—the tone and pitch. Audiences, whether one or one hundred, instinctively size up your motives and attitudes.’

Whether you’re speaking to an audience of one thousand or just to an audience of one, your appearance, attitude and approach make all the difference in the world. People can tell a lot in seven seconds. They may decide they don’t want to hear anything you have to say, or they may be struck by how much they’re drawn to you.

The light of Jesus should switch on when you walk in the room. Today, pray: ‘Heavenly Father, wherever I go, let Jesus be my light and the also Light in me. Use those seven seconds of first impression to show Yourself to the people I meet and let me glorify You in every interaction. In Jesus’ name. Amen.’

SoulFood: 1 Chr 26:20–29:30, Lk 14:1–14, Ps 119:65–72, Prov 21:10–13

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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