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A Revival of Politeness

The following is a great little story or illustration from Mark Batterson's book entitled, “Please, Sorry, Thanks” –

For the love of Emily Post, we need a revival of politeness, and it starts with please.   “It sets the tone for whatever follows and is one of the most universal manners.”  (The Magic Words – The Emily Post Institute, Inc.)

Nothing primes the pump like please, especially if you put a pretty in front of it.  How does it work?  “It changes a command into a request.”  (The Magic Words – The Emily Post Institute, Inc.)

News flash: No one wants to be told what to do!

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When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he stopped by a church barbecue after a long day on the campaign trail.  As he made his way down the serving line, he asked whether he could have a second piece of chicken.  The woman serving the chicken said, “Sorry.  Only one to a customer.”  Governor Herter was a humble man, but he was also hungry.  “Do you know who I am?  I'm the governor of the state.”  Without skipping a beat, the woman replied, “Do you know who I am?  I'm the lady in charge of the chicken.  Move along, mister!

Demands come across as entitled, governor or not.  A simple please levels the playing field.  It will get you further than your title, your rank or your credentials.  Authenticity trumps authority, like a royal flush.  The word please demonstrates a posture of humility, and no one did it better than Jesus.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant.  Philippians 2:5

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