Some of you, my dear readers, will recognize the name Ed Stetzer, the Evangelical Theologian of the day. All of you will recognize the name Billy Graham. A small group will know Nancy, my late sister. Nancy, despite her lack of international fame, was special to me, her little brother. When young I lived on a dangerous edge. This fueled a fear in Nancy that I may die without being aware of her fame, so each time she called me, she would say, “Hi Larry. Well, that’s enough about you, let’s talk about me.”
I don’t think about Nancy very much, but I do admit the very thought of her leaves me speechless.
One of my current friends is always into what we used to call “one-upmanship” which according to Webster is (the art or practice of outdoing or keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor as by appearing to have better information, connections, possessions, or experience). We all know at least one person like this and that is enough!
Take the above in the humorous spirit it is given. Now let’s look at one of the most influential men of the last Century, from the lips of Ed Stetzer:
"It’s really an odd thing: Graham was world famous for talking about someone else." Ed Stetzer about Billy Graham.
Over the years I watched Billy Graham being interviewed and I noticed that whatever the question, he ended up talking about Jesus. Most everyone noticed the same trait.
Many missed the other part of every interview I witnessed. I first noticed it when he was on the Larry King show. He was so subtle that King failed to note what was happening. Billy had King talking about the exploits of Larry King. Billy knew that most people would rather talk about themselves!
Many Christians would do much better if we spent more time talking about Jesus. Also remembering the truth that Dale Carnegie shared many years ago: “Each person has a neon sign on them proclaiming, Notice Me.”
Paul’s take on this has helped me. (OK, a very little).
Galatians 6:14 “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (NKJV).
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