First Impression Specialist

By Joan Davis

Several years ago I had the blessing of being our church’s first receptionist. Prior to me taking the position, we didn’t have a particular person answering the phones and greeting the people who came through the front door. However, as our church grew, the need to delegate some responsibilities (I’ll call them blessings) also grew.

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I soon discovered that this position provided an opportunity to meet many new people, both to me and to the church. It also gave me an opportunity to serve in a way that seemed to suit my personality. I am cheerful by nature, and I’ve been told that my voice is a pleasant one on the phone. So, as I dove into this new area of service, I was filled with joy by being able to use a gift that seemed to come so easily to me.

One of the ladies who often called into the office used to refer to me as the “First Impression Specialist”. On Sunday mornings, she’d even introduce me that way to the people we met! I loved the description and new “title”, but with it also came more responsibilities…whoops, I mean blessings. I became acutely aware that as people called in or came into the office, they were looking for Jesus. They were hoping to find the fellowship, joy and healing that He offers. And so, as I realized this, I made a point of trying to shine His light through my words, actions and even my demeanor. I didn’t want their first impression of this house of worship to be negative. Now…I am not perfect – far from it! I know that there have been times when I have not been a good witness. However, at other times, I have been blessed to be able to reach out and share His love.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, NIV)

That verse in Matthew reminds me of the children’s song, “This Little Light of Mine” —This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine. It goes on to remind us not to hide the light (Christ’s Light) nor allow the enemy to snuff it out. But instead, to let it shine for all to see until Christ’s return! What great advice!

As I go through my day, I am reminded to let my light shine. You never know who may be watching. When trials come and we look to Jesus for strength, people will see. When we remember to reach out in love to those around us, people will see. When we stumble and fail…and then grasp God’s hand to help us up again, people will see. If we want to point people to Jesus, we need to become “First Impression Specialists” because our most powerful witness is in our actions. So, let us remember to show His Love and His Light to the world. That way, He will shine for all to see.

How can you shine for Jesus today?

Shining for Him,


JoanJoan Davis started her blog, The Beauty in His Grip, in order to share her thankfulness to God for His redeeming hand on her life. She believes that everything happens for a reason and the life-lessons learned along the way should be shared with others in order to build up the body for Christ. It is her desire is to encourage other women through the lessons that God has taught her. Joan shares the incredible truth that we can never fall so far that we are beyond the reach of God. There are no lost causes, for He loves us all. It doesn’t matter how rocky our pasts, God will always accept us when we surrender our lives to Him. With Christ we can live a life filled with abundant joy simply by knowing and experiencing Him through His mercy, grace and unfailing love.

16 Responses to First Impression Specialist

  1. What an opportunity to let your light shine for sure by receiving the calls and greeting people. I was reading in John this morning and stopped at the verse where Jesus is described as the light. He dwells within us and I, too, want my light to shine for Him in everything I say and do. Big challenge, I mean blessing! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Yes…right there as they walked in the door! It was such a great opportunity to be a blessing to others!

      Merry Christmas to you, too!! Blessings, Joan

  2. Joan I can imagine you as the first impression specialist and I know that if I were to walk into your church you would make me very welcome and not be taken in by my saying ‘ I’m fine” but you would delve deep er as your caring heart prompted you..<3

    • Thanks, Mary! I really did enjoy that job…and even now, the things learned and the way to greet people has stuck with me. It is a blessing to allow His Light to shine!

  3. Joan this is such a keeper…convicting for all of us as a reminder of how we should be a real living witness–shining the light of Jesus because as I always say, you never know when someone is watching but you can be assured that someone is watching! Bless you for your powerful witness as well!

    • Thanks, Lisa. Yes, I’ve learned that you never know who is watching…and even when we are struggling, they will see who we turn to. It will give others hope and hopefully guide them to want to seek the Light as well! Blessings!

    • Thanks, Bernadine! I loved it when my friend started calling me that…it was a silly name, but the meaning really stuck with me and made me realize that it is so important to be a good witness for Christ!

  4. I totally feel you, Joan– At our church in GA, I was voluntold to revamp our entire greeting/welcome team for Sunday mornings… it took a lot of prayers (and a few tears) but after months of planning, training and recruiting, the “Face Team” was born (Get it? Be the Face of Christ?) Kind of like letting your lil light shine like the First Impression Specialist!

    Thanks for making me smile today, girl. Blessings.

  5. “Voluntold”…that’s a great word! I think we should submit it to Webster!! LOL Yes, it is so important (and not always easy) to be a “face team”…but, when we focus on Jesus and sharing His love, His Light can’t help but shine through us! Blessings!

  6. Perfect position for you! Shining Christ’s light when others are (well let’s just say) “not” isn’t easy. The First Impression Specialist also hears the good, bad, and ugly in people’s lives. It takes a very caring and compassionate heart. A good practice for each of us. Listen better, love more, and hold secrets close. Thanks for sharing this with us. Blessed Christmas to you! And to you as well, Lisa!

  7. That title does seem so fitting for you. I haven’t even met you in person and I know that to be true. Because you made a great first impression that first time I clicked on your blog. You shine His light so brightly. I just thought of our receptionist at work and how recently I told her I could never have her job. She is a First Impression Specialist too. Makes me ponder why I wouldn’t want her job . . . I kind of know I wouldn’t be a specialist and that’s convicting.Thanks for this inspiration to take a closer look if His light is shining through me when someone meets me for the first time. Merry Christmas, sweet friend.
    Much love.

    • Merry Christmas to you, too, Beth! I must admit that I’m cheerful by nature, however, it isn’t always easy! But, when we look to Jesus as our inspiration, the importance of shining for Him becomes clear.

      I’m so glad to have “met” you online, Beth, and hope that one day, we can meet face to face! Blessings & Love, Joan

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