Chapter-a-Day Numbers 15

Tassel making

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God spoke to Moses: “Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them that from now on they are to make tassels on the corners of their garments and to mark each corner tassel with a blue thread. When you look at these tassels you’ll remember and keep all the commandments of God, and not get distracted by everything you feel or see that seduces you into infidelities. The tassels will signal remembrance and observance of all my commandments, to live a holy life to God. I am your God who rescued you from the land of Egypt to be your personal God. Yes, I am God, your God.” Numbers 15:37-41 (MSG)

Part of my job is to coach people to improve the customer service they deliver on the phone. Most often, the road to improvement means developing behavioral habits which have not been part of a person’s natural conversation. He or she must remember to say certain things inside their interaction with the customer.

To help people remember, I will often encourage them to use a mnemonic device – a visual aid that reminds them to say the appropriate phrase. For example, if people forget to thank customers for holding, I encourage them to put a small sticky note by the hold button on their phone with the word “thanks” written on it. When they reach over to hit the button, they see the sticky note and are reminded to thank the customer for holding.

These types of devices work. Visually seeing something that reminds us of something we’re supposed to do can help us remember. Even God knows that, and gave instructions for the people to sew tassels on their garments to remind them of God’s commands.

Small reminders can help us with much larger matters of faith, obedience, and spiritual discipline.

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About Tom Vander Well

Wayfarer, husband, father, consultant, thespian, writer, thinker, and back porch musician. Pressing on through the journey one step at a time.
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2 Responses to Chapter-a-Day Numbers 15

  1. KR says:

    Today I am convicted by the act of giving of your firstfruits in worship. We pulled back this past year when our family income was greatly affected and its time to get back to giving the first of our labors back to God. Thanks for the reminder today God.

  2. Mark Shields says:

    My Pastor Steve and his identical twin brother Pastor Mike Ramsdell shared a dialogue message together back in May about a “God is Big Enough” movement that started with an idea while Pastor Steve was getting treatment for cancer at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. It’s a movement that has now gone into all states and even some foreign countries. Churches, School districts, and professional athletes are wearing the arm bands that simply say, “God is Big Enough”. This mnemonic device is a lesson learned in that when we just keep things simple, get out of the way, and let God do the work, it’s amazing what can be accomplished.

    http://www.facebook.com/Godisbigenough

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