The ORIGIN of G.P.T.F
“Give People Their Flowers BEFORE They Die”
I gained one of my most valuable life philosophies during one of the first church services I attended in Nashville. In 1990, one of my INROADS students invited me to attend a worship service at the church where her father was the pastor. As her father was preaching with great intensity, a woman in one of the pews slowly stood up, interrupted his sermon and said: “Pastor, I agree with everything you’re saying. We ought to give people their flowers before they die!”
All the sudden, I realized why my student had invited me to church that day. The woman’s comment not only changed my perspective, it changed my life. Her comment inspired me to focus on the power and benefits of telling people how I feel about them while they’re alive rather than at their funeral when they couldn’t receive it.
For the past 30 years I have tried to give flowers to people in every area of my life. In the section below, I give flowers to SOME of the people who have been significant in my journey. This is a partial list of the many, many people whose grace, support, and encouragement has prepared and propelled me to fulfill my calling.
I encourage you to develop a G.P.T.F. list and start thanking each person today if you haven’t already done so.