How to Rub People the Right Way!
Steve N. Wagers
1. A Person who Brings Blessings to Others!
A. He was a Gentle Man!
B. He was a Godly Man!
C. He was a Generous Man!
2. A Person who Breaks Barriers with Others!
A. Barnabas' Fight for Paul!
B. Barnabas' Faith in Paul!
3. A Person who Builds Bridges for Others!
A. A Temporal Impact on Those Around Him!
B. An Eternal Impact on Those After Him!
1. Many years ago during the Colonial era of this
country, wealthy ladies were proud of their wide-board oak floors. At least once a week servants would wet-rub and then dry-rub these floors to make them shiny. It was a very simple task involving running a wet mop along the grain of the wood and then a dry mop.
2. But sometimes a careless worker would mop across the grain and it would produce streaks on the floor. When that happened the lady of the house would scold the servant for "rubbing the floor the wrong way." It is from that which we derive our phrase "to rub someone the wrong way."
3. I want to tell you how not to rub someone the wrong way, but how you can rub someone the right way. And, there is one surefire, fail-safe, foolproof, guaranteed way to rub someone the right way. It works any time, any place, on anybody, and it is called encouragement.
4. There is something you need, I need, we all need, and that is encouragement. By nature we are more prone to tear down rather than to build up. For every word of encouragement we probably hear ten words of discouragement.
5. Far too often we are guilty of taking the time to discourage someone, but never taking the time to encourage someone. I love the old saying, "Write your criticisms in dust, your compliments in marble." But so often we do just the opposite. As the old couplet says:
Once I did bad and that I heard ever;
Twice I did good, but that I heard never.
7. You may remember the old familiar folk song, "Home on the R ...
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