Paise the Lord for Living Examples.  

The greatest living example we can show to anyone is Christ living in us.  It is the foremost and absolute will of God for everyone, it should be the first thing we pray for each day.  Wow, what opportunity we have to prove Christ arose from the grave to live in His followers evermore.   Just think about it, it is only by His living in us that we have the enabling power to be a real friend, and help others in any trouble.    That is the real purpose of life, to bring glory to the Lord, in a significant way and to bring others to Him.   It is the only way to true happiness and joy for the saved.

This page is dedicated to the praise of those who have a philosophy of life that are to be admired  Those who practice principles, and attitudes that bring blessings to those who know them or frequent their businesses.   It is my prayer that both you and I practice the same attitude to those around us as well.  Let us remember our walk talks louder than our talk.

May this page be an encouragement and blessing to you, Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

individuals

Sept. 2009 Living Examples  My wife Joyce

Today we will continue looking at someone who never gives up, I am proud to say it is one of my own family, my wife Joyce.  She has proven to be a gift from the Lord, for He said she has the role of the Holy Spirit in my lifeIf you do not understand this let me explain.  The Holy Spirit's role in the trinity is to empower the work of the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ.  He is also the intercessor / communicator between them and those in the world.  Therefore, she empowers me by encouraging me, and intercedes for me, praying for me to be the man the Lord wants me to be.  For 59 years she has faithfully done this, she never gives up, even when she did not understand my actions.

For example at around 2 AM in the morning, the police brought me a 21 year old girl, she had nothing to eat all day, and needed a place to stay.  Joyce got up fixed her a meal while I went out to fix up our camper so she could stay till I found out where I could send her.  My family had to wait the best part of a week, while I got information on her, and found where we could send her for permanent help and training.  This is only one example of what happened, frequently, at our mission.  Yet, Joyce never gave up being a wonderful mother, host, yes even a confidant, for those who came there.  Especially when doing the Lord's work required my giving more time and attention to the needs of others than that of my family.  Now the Lord knew this would be hard for them, and wanted them to know how He would handle it.  Consider Luke 18:28-30 (KJV) " Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. 29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting."   Yes, the Lord will care for that man's family if, they trust the Lord and follow Him, she trusted Him, and Joyce never gave up all these 59 years.

Another reason I have chosen Joyce as an example is because she has endured many adversities during our life together.  It took a long time for her to understand my commitment to go against the grain of religion as I do. It took courage for Joyce to stand by my commitment while she was in doubt of it herself for a while, but she never gave up encouraging me, and praying for me.  As result of my stand for the authority of the scriptures never contradicting themselves, when they are there own interpreter, for which we have been cast out by many. Even when we have been betrayed by some of those that we have helped the most.  In spite of it all, even though Joyce had given up so much that they could have been helped, Joyce never gave up on the Lord or on me.

Joyce has been living with Osteoarthritis, and has had many surgeries for knees and hips to be replaced But she does not complain or give up being my helper, in a most demanding work as ambassadors for Christ.  Yes, my wife is an example of not giving up even when she is in pain.   Some of our family thought she and my children were being neglected because our resources were always used for the Lord's work and others, and we had nothing.   I had no retirement program, no Social security when I went into the Lord's Work, everything was the Lord's and we depend on Him for our needs, and He meets them all, with out the need of our begging with a tin cup, and letters seeking money.  The Lord's faithfulness in caring for us is why Joyce never gives up, and I believe she never will.  Joyce has been an inspiration to both our children, myself, and others.

However, all too often the Lord has used her to bring my attention to my doing my way instead of God's way, in given situations That attitude is the devils use of my human pride to get me away from the will of God.   In spite of the fact I am slow to see and admit it, I am grateful Joyce is faithful to pursue the fact to get the point across to me.  How grateful I am Joyce never gives up on the Lord or me.  She is definitely the wife I am proud of, and pray she is an example and encouragement to you to never give up trusting the Lord.

Remember to pray for these and other examples that God brings into our life.   Pray that we also may be an encouragement and example for others. 

 

Let me introduce you to my daughter Terri Ellen Smith. All during her life from infancy to the present time if something could happen to her, it did, be it cuts, scratches, or broken bones.  You could say she born an accident looking to happen, and we often wondered why the Lord let them all happen, later we found out and so did she.   After graduation from High School she went to Bob Jones University for 4 years.  While at her graduation, a student told me that he was going to quit but changed his mind after his seeing her persistence and determination.  She always used cruches or braces due to major surgery on her knee but never gave up so neither did he.  It was then I knew why, she was to be a living testimony to the staying power of the Lord, of those who are committed to Him as she was.  Her whole life has been such a testimony, she has had over 30 such knee related surgeries.  Terri taught 3rd grade in a Christian School for 27 years, without taking time off for the operations, (electing to have them done during the summer, or Christmas breaks).  Even made visits to students homes informing parents of progress and needs. Terri attended many of their sport games and competitions.  Now that is dedication to the school and kids.  Then she was T-boned turning into our mission and after a year of having to go frequently for Dr. visits and therapy, she was laid off.  Then later she was bed ridden for a year.   But she never gave up or was bitter, she stayed up- beat trusting the Lord and is tutoring privately to this day.

I asked her how and where she got her philosophy for life?   Terri said she had to search the sovereignty of God, that He was in control.  For only then, she could be satisfied in her heart, and could trust Him in it. Terri said it was through the ministry of Joni Eareckson Tada  that she learned that suffering was a blessing, when it comes from God, as a part of His ministry to others.  Consider 1 Peter 4:12 - 13 "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."  She also added Psalm 18:1 - 2  "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Terri still has knee problems, and needs braces to do some walking, and now has multiple sclerosis.  Yet, Terri is still up beat, working out, going to therapy, and volunteers in community service.   She is an encouragement to many, to never give up on the Lord, or their future, as long as they allow Him to meet their needs, and that of others through them.   Her advice, is to be looking for God's blessing every day.

May I say, as her dad, I believe she can also say 2Cor.1: 3 - 4 " Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."

May we all have a life of dedication to the Lord, and His will of service to Him, and others as she has.

 

Let me introduce my daughter Linda C. Lee  Who is the product of the Lord's making over a life of her past. Having grown up in Chicago, Illinois until she was to be in her senior year in high school, then abruptly moved to the Navajo Reservation where I and her mother were to be missionaries.  Sadly, I confess, I let a man convince me I had to go right away, instead of letting her finish school there firstI now know that was a disastrous mistake as you will see.  There she grew up with the troubled turn of events in her life. Her life had been turned inside out and upside down.  She resented us, and purposely turned to a reckless worldly life style, to hurt us.    However, that life led her to a place where her life was in danger, and we sent her to missionary friend in Gallup, New Mexico.  Later she went to Chicago, Ill.  It was there she met Russell A. Lee who also had had a troubled past, but praise the Lord both are now saved and married, and had two wonderful children.  Praise the Lord, He loves to restore broken lives, as He does not care about our past, but our present willingness to repent, and receive Him, and live for Him.

It was before her children had children of their own she developed non- Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of the spine.  She was devastated at the thought of leaving her God, given husband, and never seeing her grandchildren.  But, she knew God's promise to meet her every need if she trusted Him, and she did.  She went through much radiation therapy for several months.  Then praise the Lord it went in remission for five years, during which time two of her grandchildren were born.  Then it returned and she went for therapy for two more years during which time her other two grandchildren were born.  The cancer stayed in remission for a few more years, but now rearing it ugly head again.   It is interesting to me, to observe her work ethics, in going about doing her tasks without complaints or the poor me attitude of so many.  Consider 2 Cor. 12:7 - 10 "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Linda has learned, you can trust the Lord to care for all those who trust Him.  Her life encourages many, and when asked, how do you do it, she says, I do it by FROG - ing, when they ask what that is, she will tell them it is Fully Relying On God.  It is only because of that fact, and only then, can she really enjoy life.  Linda will never move from that truth, as well as the fact that the only time we can be sure of having life with our loved ones is the present, so she doesn't waste it.  I pray you come to that same conclusion, that others can find help and strength, in overcoming their trials as well. 

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Linda's husband Russell, for he is a man that proves his testimony by his life.  He not only shows his love for the Lord and Linda and their children but also for us.  For an example when he heard Linda talking to my wife, Joyce, on the phone, he heard about our health problems, Russ interrupted and said to my wife, don't worry mom, we will take care of both of you, as you can come live in Tucson with us.  NOW IS THAT A  (SON-IN-LAW) or what? Not many like him.    

Jan 2010 Living Examples  

This month I am happy to introduce my son, Steven Smith, when I asked him to share his attitude and philosophy of life he said:  I really don't remember or can't point to a time when this attitude started.  I do remember my grandfather telling me " if you start something see it through no matter the amount of work or time".  He also said "if it is not worth the effort to finish don't start".  Now he had projects that could be done in a day and some that took years to finish, he would just plug away little by little and get it done. 

My father and uncle have the same work ethics so working with them just help instill it.   As I grew up there were jobs that needed to be done and no one that either wanted to do or the job was below them.  Some jobs were dirty, too large, too hard, or too little, etc... with that type of attitude around there was always work to be had.  True, a lot of the jobs are not the ones I would have chosen but they were jobs.  Some times these jobs did not pay well or at all but I learned from them and was able to help someone in the process Sometimes just starting a job that others thought was too big or hard gave them encouragement to jump in, or take over as they saw it progress.  Other times it was lonely and boring and tiring to do the job alone even if it was small but they needed done just the same.

Recently, I have come to discover my motive, God's love for me and what it cost Him.  First is God's love, God does not love me for what I can do for Him but because He wants to, and what He can do in me, and through me, for others Then the cost, Jesus left all the perfectness of heaven to put on skin and bones, aches and pains of a human (which he created).  Living under the authority of His parents.  Learning a trade knowing He would never need it.  He lived a perfect life, but rejected by most, died an awful death on the cross, but then He arose and gave us hope for the future.  So now I try to serve/work for others with an attitude of "think of others better than your self". That goes for the one I work for (my boss ) and the ones I work for (God, family, etc) because I love them.  I am not always successful with the motive but that is my desire.

I must add as his father, I am proud he is my son, he has demonstrated what a man can be when he lets the Lord have what He paid forThe evidence of his life, demonstrates is he is a great man, husband, father and ambassador for his Lord, what more can a father ask for.

Remember to pray for these and other examples that God brings into our life.   Pray that we also may be an encouragement and example for others. 

 

Let me introduce my Pastor Rev. Cliff Shaw, who is a real scriptural shepherd .

Consider Acts 20:28 "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."and 1 Peter 5:1 - 4 " The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over Godís heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

I firmly believe Pastor Cliff is such a shepherd, and will receive the crown promised to such from the Lord, as he faithfully fulfils his calling.  He lives and ministers in the small town of Seligman Az.  It is about 2 miles long and a population of (1000, soaking wet) only about 600 local full time residences, most of which live out in the boonies.  It has only one main street with no stop lights, two bars, two grocery stores, a tourist store that also has food and hardware.  There are two restaurants and four churches, and one volunteer fire department and one public school, that has about ? kids (K- Through high school)

Pastor Cliff became a Christian 12 years ago, has a wonderful wife, they have been married 42 years and have two marred children who live out of town.  He said he had listened to Pastor Arnold Murray in the past and was impressed by his commitment to the facts of the Bible.  He thinks most of the ones he hears on the radio, are influenced by money and prestige.  Pastor Cliff came 20 miles out to our mission to study a 4 year Bible course, and being a thinker and investigator graduated with very high marks.  He was ordained and had been called to the ministry of God's Word now 6 years.  Ever since he was saved he became sold on the fact, that facts do not change, they alone are truth, and must become our reason for action.

In the beginning the church grew from 6 to about 30.  He and his staff have left over 500 tracts, and invitations on doors, and personal calls but little or no response other than rejection.  He has been rejected because his new life in Christ is a rebuttal to the lifestyle that he and his wife shared in before they were saved. For the most part the people want a religion that compromises with worldly lifestyle they have.  Ruling out a personal commitment to a Christ centered life they see in him, and those who follow his teaching.  A few have died and others have moved, and sadly to say there is only 8 holding such a commitment today in the church.

I have known many pastors who have gotten so discouraged that they left such a place as this town, looking for greener pastures.  However, when I ask Pastor Cliff if he thought it was time for him to go to another place more open to the Gospel?  He said to me in no uncertain terms, inspite of the rejection, he does not feel he should leave where the Lord called him.  Now that, my friends, is true love and commitment to the One who called him.  By the way his wife backs him, sharing the ministry of the Holy Spirit, praying for him and standing by him, indeed he is blessed as few men are.

All Christians should be uniting in doing the Lords will, helping each other to be faithful ambassadors for Christ, and I count it a blessing and privilege to be a member of that assembly.

 

Aug. 08 Living Examples Larry Solberg

Let me introduce to you a shining example of a man that never gives up, Larry Solberg of Seligman, Arizona.  Larry is a member of the family of God at Agape Baptist Church in Seligman.  I have witnessed the transformation the Lord has brought in his life.  What stands out to me is the fact that Larry never gives up, whatever the case, if he fails he starts over again until he reaches his goal.  In part this philosophy came from his parents.  But developed greater as he just keeps pressing on to be what the Lord wants him to be and to do.  Now that is inspiring, and encouraging, and that is what makes him a Bible teacher that blesses you.  He challenges us to face realities in our lives that he finds in the Word of God for his own life.

The greater thing has been watching him continue to be a tool in the Lord's hand as he battles cancer in his body.  He refuses to give up the fight, Larry just keeps on letting the Lord use him in spite of the pain he is often in, though he tries to hide it.  His persistence in not giving up being a tool in the Lord's hand has inspired another person, that I have been watching in the church, to grow.  While we love him and pray for him, we are lifted up by him. I know Larry would want to share with us the love and support he gets from his wife, of 41 years, Margie.  She herself being a wonderful example for others.

Larry has let the circumstance in his life turn into an opportunity to share his relationship with Christ. I pray we can do the same.  Let us seek to have the same uplifting effect on others that Larry has, and be a fruitful ambassador for Christ.

 

Sept. 08 Living ExampleSheila Settlemyre

This page is dedicated to those who inspire us, so let me introduce you to Blair and Sheila Settlemyre who came out to help us, with Rev. Dan Kistler and this family to work at the mission. Then again the next year Blair and Sheila and their children came out to help us at the mission for two weeks, while that in itself does not sound news worthy, let me tell you why it is for while Blair is a gracious and wonderful friend, the story is really about Sheila's bravery.

She had been growing kidney stones for years, some times only weeks apart, before she had to have them removed by surgery.  Before they came to us she had over 600 surgeries.  Because Sheila had so many operations she had a permanent port put in her blood vessel to make it easier. Furthermore making the trip to us complicated, only certified nurses could use the port, even though she herself was a nurse.  Needless to say It took an extraordinary act of faith to travel two days to our place spend another ten days with us and two days going home.  Never knowing when a flair up would occur, and where would a qualified hospital be?  While they were here, she would be working on the yard and garden, as though she had nothing to be concerned about.  Sheila had the courage and faith to trust God to keep her healthy during the trip, that few would have.  Even more than that, many would seek constant attention, as well as complaining, but not Sheila. She had a wonderful attitude and desire to help others having difficult times, never thinking of her own.

Then we must remember Blair and his children as it took great faith by him and his children to come this far, knowing this danger existed for his wife and their mother.  To say the least, you all were a inspiration to us.  Many times I thought of this when troubles and trials arose, then I realized my troubles were small in the light of others.  But even greater is the knowledge that you can turn these troubles and trials into opportunities to let others see Christ living and working in us.  When you let Christ use you as they did.  That is a lesson we can all put into practice as an ambassador for Christ in the world around us.  Does your actions and responses demonstrate Christ living in you?
 

July 08 Living Examples  "Sunshine" 

A number of years ago while working out at the wellness center in Kingman I met "Sunshine" a lady in the gym who looked feminine even though she was shadow boxing with ten pound weights in each hand.  I proceeded to another machine and after another twenty reps behold she was still boxing with those same weights in her hands.  After a while I went over to her and said may I ask you a personal question, she said what is it?  I ask her if her boyfriend worked out?  She said yes, I said good for if not he would be a yes man.  Recently I saw her as I was making rounds as a volunteer chaplain at the Kingman Medical Center.  Then a week later I was a patient there, and guess who was my nurse, you got it, Sunshine.  While I was asking the staff what they thought of her, I was sure I would interview her about the example she was to others.

Sunshine told me she had been married for 14 years and had a wonderful husband and two wonderful children.  She said her husband was still her boyfriend.  I said such commitment was rare in our day and wondered where she developed it.  She said it was instilled in her as a child by her mother and father.  She said her father had recently passed away, but both was her examples through out her life.  Sunshine went on how they influenced her having a positive attitude not only for herself but also for others.  As a woman of Faith in God, and having strong moral convictions, she works at helping others, and encourages them, to never give up on God and themselves.

Believe me she is a living example of that.  She also told me she is keeping up her dream as a professional body builder.  Aside from being RN and a happy wife and mother, she works out in two gyms perusing being a competitive body builder.  With a great support teem, that of her family and friends but most of all her husband is her coach.  You can see how the self discipline and commitment in her life has developed a wonderful personality and example for others to follow.

Let us seek to have the same uplifting effect on others Sunshine has, and be a fruitful ambassador for Christ. 

 

 Oct, 08   Living Examples  Cheryl Dela Cruz

When purchasing glass cleaner at Mohave Eye Center I was greeted by Cheryl Dela Cruz who struck me as enthusiastic and friendly at her work.  I introduced myself and gave her a tract that also encourage her to look at our web site.  She told me she was also a Christian and eager to share the gospel with those who wanted to listen.  I left my tape recorder and Cheryl later gave me her testimony that really struck me.  Cheryl said her life with Christ taught her some important truths.  To understand them you need to consider a bit of her past life.

She has a13 year old daughter Hunter, that had been born deaf, told her that her husband had molested her.   After being married to a physical and mentally abusive man for 12 years, this was the last straw.  Cheryl called the police and had him put in prison where he is now.  Cheryl also has an 11 year old daughter who had brain cancer at 3 years of age, that required removing her entire right side temporal lobe to get rid of the cancer.  She has overcome everything and doing all a 7th grader should.  Both she and her sister are honor students. She also has a16 year old son who is also a honor student. 

In spite of all the trials and tribulations of their past, all during that time her ex-husband had not broken her spirit, nor her faith in Christ.  Cheryl said she had always been told she would never be given more than she could bear.  Cheryl said that while she will never forget what her ex-husband did to her daughter, nevertheless she learned she had to forgive him in order to be free, to move on. Cheryl also said it was necessary for her children to see her have this attitude, in order for them to do likewise, and be free from their past, and go on and grow in their lives as well.  Cheryl is now married to a wonderful man that is leading her and their family in a wonderful life, together.  Cheryl also said she learned you have to smile even through the tears, and work hard for the things you want. She prays that those in Christ keep the faith, in spite of their circumstances, never give up hope, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Make every day count for you never know when it may be your last.  She now sees God has turned her past trials in her life, to make her what she is now, and turn them into opportunities for her to use now, in sharing the gospel to others.

My prayer is that we all be the living example she is to others.

 

BUSINESS 

June 07 Living Examples    David Preston

About seven years ago my wife and I went to Preston Investments at 4345 Stockton Hill Road in Kingman Arizona to set up a trust for our family.  That is when we met David Preston, he asked us what we were thinking of doing, then explained some options that we had. Then after asking us for more information He then explained a plan he thought might have merit for our situation.  He then made a proposal we agreed upon.  After a week or so David called us back to his office, and spent time going over the details of the trust and how it was to be carried out, explaining each page in the book.  We were impressed by how he dealt with us, and even though it was a small trust, he covered every aspect of our needs in detail for our executor in that book.  David also assured us if the executor was in doubt of what to do, he could call their office and he would get the help he needed. That gave us the peace of mind that everything was taken care of in the event we both died in an unexpected accident.  During these past seven years his wife Marilyn has done our Income tax, and he has given advice on matters that confronted us, for which we are grateful.

In talking with David I learned he was a high school teacher for seven years and still feels he is in the teaching business at 62, but on the other end of the scale.  We are grateful they operate a business with integrity and well earned pride in helping the people that come to them. This goal is a parallel or equal to the Lords command. Consider Math. 7:12 "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."  

I believe they are a living example that should be true of all people in or out of business, by the way their son Scott and daughter Becky are following their parents example in the firm.  Congratulations to you all.

It is my prayer that both you and I practice the same attitude to those around us as well. Let us remember our walk talks louder than our talk.

 

 

New  9/1220

My wife and I went into the Luchia Jewelry Gallery on Stockton Hill Road where we met the owner Myron Luchia. I was so impressed by his service and philosophy that I knew he should be on the list of living examples on our site.

His dad was a (missionary) pilot frying over jungles of Peru, grandparents were Seventh Day Adventist, so he was a preachers kid. Born in Jamaca, His grandfather helped a man, who gave him a plot of land in USA, 5 acres that had a spring on it in Wikieup area. His dad came back to the States. While flying around, a friend convinced him to go into the turquoise business in the Wikieup area, it took off, so he bought the old school house there and started selling jewelry there. Later on he bought the trading post with a friend of his and it grew from there. His mother read and spoke in 5 different languages, so she sent him to school in South America for a couple of years. Then came back to Scottsdale Arizona where he went to an academy there.

Myron never thought he would be in the jewelry business, but went into the construction business instead, then he got married. His mother died in a airport in Peru in the year 2000.  After attending there he came back to help his dad in Wikieup, found out he was good at the business, and he liked it, so after 4 years he came here, to Kingman, to open the business in1975.  The jewelry business he knows well for he grew up in it, from manufacturing to retail, the jewelry was merely a means of getting into the business world, which he loves. He likes interacting with people, he also has some restaurants such as the one in Wikieup.

Myron told me the jewelry business is unique, for most people believe it is putting a product in a case and selling it, but that is not the way it works.  Most people do not understand the jewelry business is a trust relationship business, developing relationships is the most important thing you do. His philosophy is they are not interested in the sale today, rather for a life long customer.

He feels his real strength is in communication, teaching his staff to first of all be a good listener as opposed to talker.  They are to learn of the customers needs and dreams so they can communicate good advice, help them to find the right jewelry, fitting their budget.  To make that purchase exciting and painless as possible. Making their purchase a part of fulfilling their dreams together. Myron told me he really feels it is a neat experience to be part of someone's engagement, and wonderful part of their life. Lifting them up, and making the purchase, as exciting as possible.

Yes indeed, we need more business people like him, that prove their integrity by the life they live, and the way they practice their business.  I strongly recommend him.

 

From a long tine ago   I want you to meet Paul Shuffler owner of Kingman's True Value Hardware Store. His father's side of the family came over from Germany in the 1700's with a farming background where people helped each other.  They would help you when you needed it, if they could, but you did not feel bad if they were too busy and couldn't for they were aware of each others needs.  So when Paul started the store he decided to make customer service a priority and took pride in it.  So when hiring employees he taught them to listen to peoples problems so that they couldn better guide them and be helpful.  Paul also encourages them to learn from the labels on items in the store, what they are for and how to use them, that people can rely on the advice they are given.

Paul said he knows they cannot be perfect in that, but strive for that goal.  Although to some extent, you have to look at the bottom line of making a sale, but in getting there you do not want to step on peoples toes to accomplish it, they and their need must come first.  He also tries to be aware of employees problems, yet not to live their lives for them, but to help them address those problems if possible. Otherwise their problems will effect their work and his customers. So they strive for good relationships that will keep and encourage the customers.

Paul's family is involved in the operation his daughter has a general housewares and gift store in a wing of the hardware department that is particularly well stocked especially for seasonal items.  Paul's brother also works there, as well as his daughters husband, Paul has another brother who works in another building in back for the construction side of the business he also has a son who is a paramedic. They all share the same philosophy in conducting business.

As to your employees I know the man in charge of the electrical department has been with you for a long time 30 years and he thinks well of you.

As for myself, I have a management background both in family stores and corporations, but seldom have come across owners with your philosophy.  You are to be congratulated for it.  As to good reliable service here, I also can attest to that, as I have been doing business here since 1980 and have been given good advice in the care for our grounds and four buildings as they have a good size inventory for which I am truly grateful.  You well deserve to be up here, and may other new business follow your example

 

Dec 09 Living Examples    Brenda Wisner

I have been a customer at True Value in Kingman for many years and have watched it grow, I have been amazed at the addition and growth of the gift department.  So I went there and interviewed the manager. Brenda Wisner

Brenda started working at True Value 121/2 years ago, doing cleaning and general work as needed with inventory, shipping and care of customers and is now manager of the gift department.  Brenda also does the Web-site and all the shipping for the whole store.  She loves her job and working for the Shufflers, as they are great people, and will do anything for you, so long as you do a good job at what they are paying you for.

I asked her what her philosophy was, Brenda said it was to treat others as you would want to be treated.  She did not let personal feelings effect the performance of your job or others.  Brenda said she was not above doing any job in the place that needed to be done, nor did she not ask others to do a job she herself would not do.  If it was something she did not know she asked an employee to join her in learning how to do the job, as she wanted to be an example for others to follow.  As I see it that is the kind of person you want to be working under.

When I asked her how she felt about her job Brenda said she worked as though it was her place and with customers as her friends.  This made her work fun, and hoped it encouraged them to return.  Brenda said she has learned a lot there, and it has given her patience with others in places of business where she has been, for she has been in their shoes, and so understands their situation.  She also admitted that she is a learner, always looking to learn new things, and loves it.  It was clear to me Brenda sees life not as an existence, but of an opportunity to look forward to.

Brenda's attitude was familiar to me, so I asked her if she was a Christian?  Sure enough she said yes.  It is her attitude that all Christians should have. Amen.

 

April 2011  Living Examples   Jerry Truelove of Truelove Plumbing.

Over the years we have had need of a plumber, but have had a hard time finding people who would come 65 miles from the city of Kingman to do the work. Well, I found one, that came all the way to our mission and did a great job every time.

He belonged on this site, so I went to interview Jerry Truelove of Truelove Plumbing.  Jerry said they have been in business in Kingman 37 years.  And that his business was based on hard work and determination. I asked determination to what? He said "trying to make the customer happy with good service, and a good product at a reasonable price."  That I can vouch for, and understand how they have arrived at the place they are in the plumbing business. They make every effort to be on top of things and are available 24/7 to do so.

Jerry said they make every effort to do the work for others that they would expect for themselves. They try to hire the best workers they can, with a good work philosophy, and who will hold to their standards.  However, it is getting harder and harder to find men that want to be plumbers with the right attitude.  If they find that one does not come up to their standards then they have to look for another until they find the right employee.  Even though Jerry is willing to train men it is a struggle to find men that want to do plumbing, as it sometimes requires sewage work as a "honey dipper."  There is no question about the plumbing business, and it takes "True Love" of helping people to do it.

It is my prayer that both you and I practice the same attitude to those around us as well.  Let us remember our walk talks louder than our talk.   The people on this pages are a joy to know and an inspiration for us to emulate.  Remember to pray for these and other examples that God brings into our life.   Pray that we also may be an encouragement and example for others. 

I apologize for having lost other examples I had on my hard drive that went down, but the Lord knows the value they are to those around them.  I am looking for hard copies ( but unfortunately have given some out), but will update this as I can.  So when you meet someone like that, be sure you thank them, and pray for them, as sadly they are few and fare between.    

Now go do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and may your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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