This must be a week of commerce for me. First the locksmith blog, and now this.
You may recall I bought a 2004 GMC Yukon a few weeks ago. The transmission, in my opinion was acting a little weird in the shift from 1st to 2nd gear, so I decided that I should take it in.
I should come clean here- I am not the most trusting guy when it comes to auto shops. I know that they can really take advantage of people at times. I know that there are really good ones out there, but there are also one's who 'see you comin'.
Here's what I did. I started looking on the Internet for transmission shops and calling around. You can usually get a pretty good read on someone just by the tone of the voice and how they deal with you. I was in outside sales for 4 years. I know the drill. I can tell when I am getting the sell.
That's how I felt when I called a national transmission chain store. I felt like the guy wanted to sell me a new transmission over the phone without even looking at my truck. So I kept looking and found a website for a little mom and pop in Auburn. What sparked my fancy? It had one of those little Christian fishes on the site.
Now, to most people, they either don't see it, or don't care, but for me. That fish means alot. That symbol represents the persecution and torture of early Christians and the secret symbol that they would use to communicate to each other that they were followers of Jesus Christ.
So here's what I said to the guy over the phone before I brought in my truck.
"hey, I noticed you guys have one of those Christian fishes on your website, are you a Christian?"
"Yes, we sure are" He replied.
"Good" I said. "Because I am a pastor, and you are going to answer to God for how you service my transmission".
I left it at that. He agreed that he would take care of me.
You might think that's a bit harsh, but here's my thought- don't say you're a Christian, or have a Christian fish if you don't mean it. Don't market me or put a little fish on your site if its only an attempt to garner some business from the Christian people of the world.
If you say you're a Christian. You should mean it. Its no easy statement. It means alot, if you own a transmission shop, or not.
Be blessed today. If you say it, mean it.