By Chris Johnson
Director of Communications
Dr. Randy Gregg is a minister-turned-consultant, the owner of Corporate Performance Resources, based just up the road in Montezuma, Ga., just across the Flint River from my hometown of Oglethorpe, Ga. He's a man of deep faith, which is practiced with a never-ending positivity. Don't you just hate people like that?!
No, you don't. And I don't, either.
I do envy it a lot, though. I'm a worrier. Some people see the glass as half-full, some see it as half-empty and I see it as this dangerous thing that could fall, break and cut my foot and possibly end my life or cause a very bad infection. So I need positive folks like Randy to keep me from falling off the deep end (OK, farther off the deep end).
When I first logged on to Facebook this morning, the first thing I noticed was a post on one of Randy's pages, “How Can I Live YES in a NO World,” which he started and labels as “a place where a community of YES gathers to share encouragement, hope, and grace so that friends may find the strength to walk through adversity and recreate their lives.” Anyway, this following post really struck a chord with me today. Read it and you'll probably understand why:
“Are you making a point or making a difference? As we watch and even participate in the political and theolgical debates of our time, it seems that in effort to make the point, the point is often missed. There are segments of our culture and our churches who seem to be anti- … well … everything.
“How can we reach out to those who need God if we seek first to make a point with them before we love them? Do we bring people closer to God if we first tell them how wrong they are, or if we welcome them and nurture them – no strings attached?
“The act of making a point is one of the big reasons so many have such a negative view of church. YES makes a difference, YES welcomes, YES loves. Love is the point! Love softens the human heart and nudges us all toward the straight but narrow path. Live YES today!”