More Than a Haircut

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016

lead-by-example

Key Bible Verse: Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. (Ephesians 4:1-2)

Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 5:1-5

When I was growing up, I was mesmerized by the talk that went on inside our local barbershop, and I especially enjoyed listening to my barber, Mr. Hampton. He probably didn’t realize the platform he had but used it to impact many people anyway. I often got my hair cut on Fridays before football games, and Mr. Hampton would always wish me well.

But he did much more than that. He talked with me about sports, classes, girls, and anything else that was going on in my life. He would encourage me, offer advice, and show that he cared. In some ways, it was like the stereotypical barbershop you see in movies with practical wisdom flying around as freely as the freshly cut hair. But it was real and honest, and it made a difference to guys like me. Whether he was aware of it or not, Mr. Hampton had an audience with men, especially young ones, and used it to influence and impact our lives.

As he faithfully did the best he could at cutting hair, he was able to be involved in the lives of those who came into his shop. And everyone who walked in the door would leave feeling a little better about life than when they came in.

– Tony Dungy in The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge


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