The Significance Of The Present Suffering

“For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body”. This is contained in 2 Cor 4: 11. Relevant scriptures for this purposeful topic could be found in James 1: 2-4, Col 12: 4-29, 2:1-5.

Nobody will choose to suffer for nothing, that is, without a reason or attached reward. Christ chose to suffer in order that we may have life and have it in abundance. Paul suffered so that the lost may be saved. Stephen died for Christ. The sufferings of all other disciples cannot be all discussed here. They passed through ‘hell’ but they have their reasons for accepting the sufferings. The sufferings are significant. Nothing good comes without a price. James 1:2-4 sees sufferings (trials and temptation) as a pure joy and the testing of faith that produces perseverance. Paul suffered for the church and for Christ (Col 1:24-29). Whatever you passé through in the course of liberating some souls seen suffering for Christ, if only we could endure, we shall be glorified and receive reward from Christ. Christ is standing at the right hand side of God during your sufferings, trials, temptation, pains, agonies, etc. as in the case of Stephen, to see if you will fail Him and lose heart. The bible says, ‘if you fail in the time of adversity, your strength is mall’. The time allotted for the suffering is small, but the glory is great!

The present sufferings we Christians are passing through are very important one in the liberation of the creation and it is glory-rewarding, soul-winning and Christ- agony-sharing suffering. Our hope in times of trouble should be that our sufferings are not going unnoticed and will be adequately rewarded. More so that it helps us grow unto perfection, grants us in-depth knowledge about Christ and that at the end of it all, we shall have life, be saved and reign with Christ.

Can you take a pause and think on how you have suffered for Christ (if any)? Why did you choose to suffer at that particular time? Paul talked about boasting in his sufferings. What do you understand by that? It simply means that by so doing, we are helping others to grow in faith and be much stronger, encourage them; we give glory to God thus and make others praise Him. In all, our position/submission in times of trouble should be that such is a worthwhile one, it is meant for a short-while, it is needed for better society and in fact, it is our primary responsibility and service unto God.

In conclusion, the word ‘present’ in present suffering (Rom 8: 18a) denotes that the sufferings are just for a short time i.e. for now and more so, in the next few moment it will be story and then the glory and joy of sharing in the suffering of Christ will fill our heart. If Christ suffered to save you, don’t you see it as a great responsibility bestowed upon you to go out there and save others irrespective of the knowledge or unseen sufferings that are attached?

4 Tips Regarding Superior Dollar Store Presentation

When it comes to owning a dollar store there are certain things that can not be denied. For example, a top location is better than a 2nd or 3rd tier location. Being well funded is certainly more likely to support success than being underfunded. If you want to stack the deck in your favor, one area requiring focused effort is store presentation. That includes everything from the layout of your store to the management of dollar store merchandise. In this article I present 4 tips regarding superior presentation.

Tip #1) Your store layout is crucial to your business success. Don’t attempt to shortcut the time you invest to create the right store layout for the space you have available. Be sure to maximize the amount of gondola display area without sacrificing the wide-open appearance that is crucial. Leave enough space in aisles for shopping carts to easily pass. Be sure you don’t jeopardize store safety by creating blind corners or tight spaces. Leave enough room so all of your dollar store merchandise can be displayed. Be sure to maintain clutter-free product displays and that it is easy for customers to reach the products they seek.

Tip #2) Cleanliness can never be sacrificed. Consider store cleanliness during the initial set up of your business. Make it easy for employees to see shoppers throughout the store. Make it easy for employees to see when sweeping or clean up needs to be done. Make it a practice for employees to be alert to items left on the floor; always make it a priority that nothing is allowed to sit on the floor. Make it a priority to make certain floors are always clean.

Tip #3) Dollar store merchandise quality is especially important for those who shop at a dollar store. No matter how attractive the display, selling inferior products will drive customers away. Don’t expect to achieve success by saving a few pennies on items that fall apart as soon as shoppers leave the store.

Tip #4) Effective merchandising requires ongoing focused time and effort when you own a dollar store. Make sure shelves, displays and racks are kept full of dollar store merchandise. Make it a practice to routinely rotate your store inventory. Always include clearly visible signage on end caps and displays to draw attention to specials. Finally, meet the needs of your customers by carrying merchandise that is in demand.

Effective Teaching & Lecturing Presentation

No matter how often you carried the position as a presenter, teacher or lecturer; being new doesn’t mean to be less capable. You’ll be able to perform an effective presentation as long as you know the basic ingredients in making your presentation, teaching or lecturing works well for you and your audience.

Master your subject or topic
The most important key is that you must master the knowledge that you are about to transfer, whatever the subject might be. The more prepared you are in understanding all the necessary aspect to support your subject, the more effective the knowledge would be transferred to your audience. The more you knew, the more they will learn (from you).

Know your personal style
Everyone have their own style based on their personal power and limitation. You should have a unique presentation style. But if you decide to expand your skills, you must prepare yourself with a powerful presentation tool. Remember that you should be careful when it comes to include a joke, because in the certain audience’s mood or perception — sometime it could become a boomerang for you.

Know your audience.
To make an effective presentation you must know your audience before you start your presentation. Relevant topics would make a better perception for your audience. If you haven’t got the chance to do it before the presentation occurred, you must get to know them by asking them what you want to know in the beginning of your presentation. This way you are set for a collaborative, two-way interactive meeting.

First impression does matter.
You always start with an impressive intro to catch their attention. Take half a minute to introduce yourself to all your audiences; you can also use it as an opportunity getting use to the new stage environment. You should also pay a serious attention to what you are wearing and how you are carrying yourself in front of audiences.

Make a catchy intro.
Make a brief & interesting intro on the subject of the presentation. Take a few minutes to talk about the background, history, related supporting topics, etc. It also a good thing if you spare the time to explain the bigger picture of your presentation. So it would be guidance through the topics you will cover — both for you and your audience to stay focus on the given roadmap.

Don’t under estimate an ice breaker.
With an icebreaker, you can bring more enjoyable & informative experience for your audience. As a presenter you can sneak in some witty words or inspirational motivation to your audience to keep their spirit high tuning into your word — until the last session of your presentation. An ice breaker would be more effective if you know your timing.

Make a necessary pause & punctuation.
When delivering your presentation, make sure to take necessary pauses & punctuations, so it won’t sound like you are rambling. It is essentially important if you are a fast talker by nature, or when you are easily carried away in enthusiasm explaining about other supporting topic. Even if you do this to cover up your nervousness, you should give your audience an opportunity to digest all the information while digesting it through for a minute or two.

You’re not suppose to do all the talking!
Just because you are the presenter, teacher or lecturer — it doesn’t mean that you are the only one to do all the talking. By making a two-way interactive conversation you could prevent your audience getting bored by your speech. It is a good way to make an organic interactive presentation, because it means your audience is getting little closer in understanding what you explained earlier to them. You can use it as a brief moment to help you relax and refocus to the next topic in your roadmap.

Invite questions from your audience.
A good presenter would always find a way to invite audience to ask some questions & let everyone participate. You can also pass the wild ball around the audience to measure how much they keep up with what you were saying. It also makes them to pay a better attention & keep them away from sleepiness.

There is a never ending process to be a great presenter, teacher or lecturer — because all great one is come from ongoing practices to shape their perfection.