Nothing can change the attitude of people like changing the atmosphere around people. Atmosphere changers are the people who are able to go into a situation and turn the events around simply with their presence. The word, “preemptive” is an amazing word. It simply means the focus has been completely changed because of the unique profoundness of the moment. Take for instance, there is a large gathering of people, several friends you haven’t seen for a long time, you are enthralled with seeing old friends and meeting their children. Suddenly, a man with a gun enters the room, all attention is now diverted completely to him, he captures your thoughts and entire focus, he has preempted the gathering.
Atmosphere changers are preemptive – they change the attitudes around them by their demeanor, character, sweetness, smile, and the spirit around them. This is a work of God, the fruit of the Spirit, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Not a mushiness, not a softness, not a mellowness, but a goodness, a kindness, a Christlike Spirit that envelopes others because of their character.
Atmosphere changers are magnets. They draw people to them – they don’t repel. They possess a strong likability. They have acquired an interest, an attraction and a profound genuineness. People gather around them because they add value to those around them.
Atmosphere changers are expressive. They express love, concern and genuine care for others. They have found out how to life others up. They are an encourager. They write letters, make phone calls and hug necks.
Atmosphere changers know how to pray. The first person I ever came in contact with that was a definite atmosphere changer in my life was Sister Hanke. I was just 12 years old and she captured my attention, she was old, plump, wore wire rim glasses and floral print dresses. Her power was in her prayer. Prayer carried her through and it was noticeable. She always made it a point to come talk to me with a smile and let me know she was praying for me. Atmosphere changers are people who pray.