Remember the story of Typhoid Mary? Her real name was Mary Mallon. She was a typhoid-infected cook for several wealthy families in New York in the early 1900’s, who despite being ordered by health officials to stop working as a cook, continued to infect scores of people, some of whom died from eating her contaminated food.
Mary unintentionally demonstrated for us the power of being contagious. She showed us that, whether we realize it or not, we do have an influence over others for better or for worse. The best way we can be contagious is to have a positively contagious attitude.
When people walk away from a discussion with you do they feel better or worse? Have they seen a clear example of Jesus and been more challenged to follow God from being in your presence?
Typhoid Mary made lots of healthy people sick. Let’s look for opportunity today to make spiritually sick people healthy by spreading a contagiously good attitude and redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.