A few years ago, there was a story on the radio news about a Baptist church that had a problem. It was with the Methodists down the street. Some Baptists were unable to find a space in their own parking lot because members of the nearby Methodist church, which met earlier than the Baptists, got there first. So the Baptist church had a problem.
Now, they COULD have towed the Methodist’s cars away. Or, they COULD have patrolled their lot Sunday mornings. Or, they COULD have written a letter to the offending church members imploring them to park elsewhere. But they didn’t.
Instead, they did something else. One Sunday morning they stuck a bumper sticker to every car in the lot — Baptist and Methodist alike. They all got one. The sticker read: “I’M PROUD TO BE A BAPTIST!”
No more problem.