Published October 3, 2017

Shelia Shares
"You're Who?"

The National Quartet Convention last week was incredible. It was one of the smoothest NQCs we have ever experienced. We love the people and have true friends among the fans and the artists. And, we made new friends during the week. God was good to us.

Paul did around 66 group interviews in four days, as well as attending quite a few meetings and receptions. I organize the interviews and run the halls doing all the leg work. We make a good team.

There is so much great talent and some of the newer talent is at the showcases. An industry friend had commented on how good a particular group was. So I decided to check it out.

As I waited for the showcase, I was in the hallway talking with people who passed. I answered questions from attendees. I said "hi," smiled and chatted. I love the variety of people that God created.

Most people are friendly and courteous. One lady who passed by was pretty and dressed beautifully. I assumed she was with a group. She looked at me but had no time to respond to my smile or greeting.

I went into the showcase to hear the recommended group. They were good. With their talent, they could sing in the big venues and even hit the national charts. However, the group's singers included that lady that seemed pointedly to ignore me. Obviously she had a lot on her mind, but to be successful in such a public occupation, attitude truly does matter.

I returned to the hallway and when I saw the lady come by again, I decided to give her a second chance. Everyone deserves one. Maybe she was just distracted before she sang.

I again greeted her and smiled. She again looked at me and without a smile or "hi" walked on past. I apparently didn't reach her standards and she had no time to waste on me.

Frankly, I like to engage such people before telling them who I am and about my connection with The Gospel Greats program so that I can see how they respond to everyday fans. That, after all, is what will make or break their ministry to people in general.

What I do expect to see (and hope to see) is simple, common courtesy. Their attitude should not depend on who I am or what I do. It should not matter whether I can help their career or not. It should not matter whether I simply like the music or am there because a spouse dragged me along — or represent an important media outreach available to these artists.

If we are truly in ministry, we care about people. All types. It isn't dependent on their name. Their position or job doesn't make them worth more or less. Their material wealth doesn't determine their value. We need to see everyone — each individual — as one of God's children. Because God made them, they have intrinsic worth.

By the way, back to the lady who was too important to speak with me, an unknown person to her...

I had planned to introduce myself and ask her and her group if they wanted an interview for The Gospel Greats program. But, that didn't happen. With her attitude toward common people, they might not even survive in Gospel music, even with their incredible talent. "People skills" are lacking. So, we weren't able to give a push to their career. There was, unfortunately, no start to a possible friendship. Maybe God knew they couldn't handle the publicity yet.

How we treat God's children is important. As His representative, we don't push our competition aside or run them down. We don't just befriend those who can help us. If we represent Jesus Christ, we need to show His love to everyone we encounter. God is good and He expects us to show His goodness to the rest of the family.

Treat all people like children of God. They are.

- Shelia

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