A while back, I interviewed an old friend of mine named Earl Lamar. He was the chairman of the board for Hour of Power in Australia, and he’s just a fascinating guy who’s had a lot of wins in life and business. He started out as a church musician, but ultimately, he became an accountant and made some great deals in real estate. His financial prowess set him up to support a lot of wonderful causes, and interestingly, he attributes a good deal of his success to the teachings of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who also had a big influence on my Grandpa Schuller. He shared with me that Dr. Peale talked frequently about two important things that lead to prosperity — outgoingness and enthusiasm — and I want to dive into those a bit deeper today. Though it has many descriptions, we might say that outgoingness is a willingness to meet new people, shake their hands, and listen to their stories, even if we don’t feel like it. We can never underestimate the power of showing a genuine interest in others, and being friendly and putting ourselves “out there” makes a big impact, especially when it’s done with enthusiasm. Interestingly, this common word comes from the Greek “en-theos,” which literally means God within. In other words, if Jesus is alive on the inside of us, His joy, life, and hope will spill out from our hearts in a way that draws people to Him. And though not everyone is naturally extroverted, it’s worth remembering that choosing to be outgoing and enthusiastic can take us farther than we ever imagined, not just in this world, but in the Kingdom of God, too!
My friend, while you don’t want to assume a behavior that’s disingenuous, it’s always good to be a friendly and joy-filled person. Thankfully, you don’t have to work hard to do this — you can simply root yourself in the promises of Jesus and allow Him to be your source. If pursuing Him is your greatest passion, connecting with people will be a natural result. When His favor surrounds you, your life will effortlessly draw others to His loving heart.