Value People

In a few days, I will have the opportunity to speak in front of a group of High School seniors. I am very excited about it. I love speaking- it pumps me up. Over the past week, I have thought a lot about what I am going to speak on. It has taken me quite a while to decide on the subject of my lesson. In the end, I decided to encourage this group of seniors to value people. Valuing people is a mindset change that needs to happen across America. (It desperately needs to happen.) There is a long list of reasons why this currently is not the perspective people have, but I won’t go down that path. The only thing I can tell you is that as men, we need to change this. The men of the church need to slow down and value people. Valuing people only takes two skills. It takes a perspective change and the art of slowing down. Here is the perspective change – the next time you go into a restaurant go ahead and see how you subconsciously see people. I think some of us don’t even notice people because we are stuck in our own world or on our phones. The people you see around you in the restaurants are not just clerks, waiters, or cooks. That waiter who is serving you is a person. A person who is working hard to pay off debt, purchase food, provide for their kids, or maybe even purchase their first car. Men, we need to learn to have conversations with strangers. Secondly, we need to slow down. Not everything is urgent, not everything has to been done instantly. Have conversations, laugh with strangers. They want it! I forget who taught me this, but it has stuck with me. Our savior, Jesus, was very urgent in life, but he was never in a hurry. Jesus didn’t just walk by people. Mathew 19:14 – Children were brought to Jesus so that He could pray for them. The disciples rebuked those who brought them, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come.” Mark 5:30 – Jesus is in a large crowd of people and a sick woman touched him. He asked, “Who touched my garments?”. His disciples told him not to worry because he was in a crowd of people, but Jesus knew out of all the people around him that someone touched Him with a need. John 4 – Jesus has a conversation with the Samaritan women at the well. Culturally, this was not accepted, but Jesus didn’t care about the culture. He valued people. Valuing people is choosing to see others around us with a lens of our all loving, all-knowing God. We need to see all people as though they were created in the image of God by Him and for Him. -G
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